Amendments to Myanmar Companies Act up for Parliamentary Discussion

​​ RANGOON — Suggested amendments to the Myanmar Companies Act have been written and submitted by the Ministry of National Planning and Finance to the government for discussion in upcoming Union Parliament sessions. The Myanmar Companies Act was established in 1914, when Burma was under British rule. The National Planning and Finance Ministry has, in […]

President Urges Regional Governments to Pursue 12-Point Economic Plan

​​ President U Htin Kyaw has called on local authorities to focus on projects that advance the government’s 12-point economic plan. Speaking at a meeting called by the National Planning Commission, the President urged state and regional governments to pursue big projects, so long as they could be carried out without putting strain on public […]

Finance and Bank Officials Keen to Limit Trade Deficit

​​ Top economic officials have met with the Central Bank to discuss ways to limit imports in a bid to reduce the country’s trade deficit. Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry attended the meeting. The departments discussed ways to promote exports, limit imports, and to increase […]

Myanmar’s Eden Group sets its sights on affordable housing

Tokyo Eden Group, a Myanmar conglomerate whose businesses range from construction to agriculture and finance, is set to further expand its core construction business as the company looks to provide more residences in the fast-growing country, including affordable units outside cities. “Our country needs to develop so much infrastructure and real estate,” group chairman Chit […]

MIC to Prioritise Needy Townships

​​ Under the new Myanmar Investment Law, investment promotion plans will identify zones 1, 2 and 3 to prioritise the townships most in need, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration under the Ministry of Planning and Finance. For income tax exemption under the new law, underdeveloped regions are designated as zone 1, the regions with moderate development zone 2 and developed regions zone 3. With government approval, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) may give income tax exemption to zone 1 investors for seven consecutive years, zone 2 investors for five years and zone […]

Chambers of Commerce to suggest economic development in seven sectors

To effectuate the development of local businesses, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) will give guidance on the needs in seven different sectors — agriculture, construction, energy, manufacturing, tourism, technology and finance, said U Zaw Min Win, the chairman of UMFCCI. The UMFCCI will submit an assessment report in […]

Myanmar Banks ‘Facing Five Key Challenges’

YANGON – MYANMAR’S HOPE of becoming an investment destination in Asean may fade away if the country fails to address five major challenges in its financial sector, experts said at the launch of a GIZ banking report titled “Myanmar’s Financial Sector: A Challenging Environment for Banks” last week. During a PowerPoint presentation and a panel […]

Military Conglomerate Hoping for More JVs

U Hla Moe, general manager of the planning department for the military conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL), spoke to The Myanmar Times for an exclusive interview on operating as a public company, the outlook for joint ventures with foreign firms and competing on a level playing field in Myanmar’s new economy. The military established Myanmar Economic […]

Investment Law Rules and Regulations Released by March

NAYPYIDAW — Rules and regulations for the newly enacted Myanmar Investment Law will be released in three months at the earliest and by the end of March next year at the latest, according to U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of national planning and finance. The law, enacted by President U Htin Kyaw last week, […]

Govt’s Foreign Investment Policy to be Released this Month

RANGOON – Foreign investment policy will be announced this month after President Htin Kyaw passes a revamped Myanmar Investment Law, according to secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Aung Naing Oo. Burma’s business community has been growing impatient waiting for details of foreign investment policy after criticizing the government’s 12-part overall economic policy […]