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Unable to break protectionist curse, FMI bites the dust

FMI Air became the third domestic airline to throw in the towel on July 20, after more than five years in operation. Amid the winding up of joint venture proposals and local firms, this is the latest alarm that businesses are running out of patience with the government’s rigid protectionism in the aviation industry. “Operating […]

New bus stops to give Yangon much needed facelift

FMIDecaux has commenced construction of a slew of new bus stops in Yangon, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) said this week. The first of these bus stops, located near Myanmar Plaza, is already complete and open to the public. FMIDecaux, which is cooperating with the Yangon City Development Committee […]

Yoma Strategic unveils new plans, new name

The family-run holdings company behind Yangon luxury developments Pun Hlaing Estate, StarCity and Yoma Central announced on June 26 that the real estate portion of their business dealings will be rebranded under the name Yoma Land and that they will also be delving into “mass market product offerings.” While Yoma Land Managing Director Cyrus Pun […]

Yoma Strategic rebrands to expand property business

YOMA STRATEGIC Holdings Ltd announced yesterday the launch of Yoma Land, a property-focused company that will unify all their real estate projects in Myanmar, according to Cyrus Pun, the firm’s managing director. Speaking to a small group of invited journalists, Pun said, “By grouping all our real estate projects under one umbrella brand, one identity […]

Confident of long term growth, Serge Pun bets big on tourism, property

Investors looking for clues on where the Myanmar economy is headed may glean some insight from Serge Pun’s recent corporate maneuvers. The 65-year-old Myanmar tycoon has not been idle of late. Last month, units of Peninsula Residences Yangon, a collection of 96 private luxury homes, went on sale. The homes are part of the Yoma […]

Nationwide expansion to drive Wave Money’s growth

Though 80 per cent of the population remains unserved by Myanmar’s banking system, Wave Money aims to enjoy much higher growth over the next few years thanks to its continuous expansion of distribution network, said the firm’s top executive. Brad Jones, chief executive officer of Wave Money, said in an exclusive interview the firm has […]

Real Estate Sector to Pick up on Back of Foreign Demand

Demand in the Myanmar real estate market is expected to pick up in 2018 now that the rules to the new Condominium Law have been released. Under the new rules, property investments by foreigners are expected to spike, said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. The rules, which were released in […]

This ex-Goldman banker quit to take over an empire in Myanmar

SINGAPORE — When Melvyn Pun agreed to take his former boss to Myanmar in 2012, little did he know that the trip would cause him to quit his high-profile job at Goldman Sachs Group. Melvyn had wanted to stay as head of corporate sales for Asia excluding Japan at Goldman, rather than join his father […]

Businesses Help Shape New Tax Law

The event, entitled “CFO Conference”, led to fruitful discussions and a paper based on the participants’ suggestions would be submitted to authorities concerned, according to Ye Min Aung, vice president of UMFCCI and managing director of Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, who leads the organisation’s tax working group. “We decided to work closely with the government […]

Yangon Stock Exchange looks for Belt and Road boost

The Yangon Stock Exchange, launched in December 2015, expects to enjoy indirect benefits from China’s Belt and Road Initiative as more Sino-Myanmar joint ventures are set up and demand for capital increases. “China is a major economic and trade partner with Myanmar. Myanmar’s enterprises need to grow together with their Chinese counterparts,” said Thet Htun […]