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Creation of new ministry part of Myanmar’s plan to incentivise FDI

In an attempt to reverse a recent decline in foreign investment, Myanmar has set up a new ministry tasked with attracting and facilitating fresh inflows, though concerns over the re-imposition of import tariffs by the EU could cool investor appetite. On November 19 the government established the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, a […]

Frontier Markets Investment Portfolio: A Mining Site in Northern Myanmar

Asia Frontier Capital’s Regional Investment Analyst Scott Osheroff recently traveled to northern Myanmar to visit the mine site of one of its portfolio companies. Myanmar – Liberalization begins to unfold The National League for Democracy (NLD) seems to have potentially finally come to the realization that the economy is suffering and therefore that their party […]

Business confidence in Myanmar sinks as scepticism mounts

More European businesses say they have lost confidence in Myanmar due to concerns about the National League for Democracy-led government’s management of the economy compared to the last two years, a new survey shows. According to the latest survey from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) published yesterday, a majority of firms (81 […]

Corporate Japan urges Myanmar to address business concerns

The most senior Japanese business leader in Myanmar urged the government to recognise how liberalisation, efficient bureaucracy and reliable power supply allowed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract considerable investments. He also warned that current restrictions placed on foreign firms in the retail and wholesale sector are already “the maximum” but commended the ministry’s […]

China’s top planning agency doubles down on Belt and Road collaboration

Ning Jizhe, vice chair of China’s top planning agency National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), visited Myanmar from November 24 to 27. The visit is built on the consensus reached by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and China’s leader Xi Jinping at the end of 2017, with regards to the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor […]

More Singapore firms planning to invest in Myanmar in next two years

Singapore companies have big plans to expand in ASEAN over the next two years and Myanmar, with its growth potential and overall investment climate, is on the cards for many, according to a recent survey by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The survey, conducted from December 2017 to March 2018, collected views from 1036 Singapore […]

FDI has risen under the NLD: U Set Aung

Foreign direct investments (FDI) have increased under the NLD government, said U Set Aung, deputy minister for planning and finance. “The total approved FDI during the two years from April 2016 to the end of March 2018 under the current government is 16 percent of the total FDI approved during the entire period from 1988 […]

Foreign Investment in Myanmar on the Rise: Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance

YANGON—Myanmar’s deputy minister for planning and finance said foreign investment in Myanmar is on the rise, stating the country has so far attracted more than $12 billion in foreign investment since the National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office in 2016. U Set Aung told the country’s Lower House on Tuesday that from 2016 […]

Myanmar remains worst place in ASEAN for doing business, World Bank ranking shows

Myanmar has failed to improve its ease of doing business ranking for the third consecutive year, with the latest figures from the World Bank showing that the country remains the worst place in ASEAN to conduct business. The newly-released 2019 Doing Business rankings by the World Bank showed that Myanmar ranks 171th out of 190 […]

Myanmar Fails to Advance in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business List

YANGON—Myanmar showed no improvement in its overall ranking in the World Bank’s latest ease of doing business index, retaining the No. 171 spot it held last year—and remaining the least favorable ASEAN member country in which to conduct business. Illustrating the ambitious nature of the government’s goal of reaching the top 100 by 2020, Myanmar […]