Japanese investors eye retail sector investments in Myanmar

Wholesalers and retailers from Japan, Thailand and South Korea met with the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to discuss investments in the Myanmar retail sector, said U Yan Naing Tun, director general of the Department of Trade under MOC. Among the companies was Japanese retailer Aeon Co, which invested in the Myanmar retail sector under a […]

GDP expands to 7.4pc as more companies are cleared for business

Mandalay Region, Myanmar’s second largest city, has permitted the opening of 14 local and foreign businesses in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, chair of the Mandalay Regional Investment Committee. Nine foreign companies will contribute foreign direct investments totaling $13.6 million, while the remaining six companies will contribute K23.1 billion in local […]

Relaunching Myitsone Hydropower dam could win investor confidence in Myanmar

Myanmar President U Win Myint on Thursday started a visit to Thailand, where he will attend the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phyra Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit. The summit is intended to promote regional economic integration by narrowing the development gaps among the five member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2015 when […]

Myanmar is new frontier for Japanese condo developer

YANGON — Japanese housing developer Tama Home will establish a condominium joint venture in Myanmar in a bid to attract rising ranks of higher-income buyers. Tama Home and local partner Kakehashi Real Estate Group will set up the new company, which will serve as the lead contractor on projects. Construction has started on a 541-sq.-meter […]

Myanmar’s Yoma to debut in baht

SINGAPORE, May 14 (IFR) – Yoma Strategic Holdings is poised to become the first company from Myanmar to sell bonds with a baht-denominated offering that underlines Thailand’s appeal as a regional funding hub. “Yoma will be the first Myanmar entity to tap the Thai bond market, and they will come before the sovereign, which is […]

Property market to remain cool for now

Property market will continue to remain cool in the short run though it may become active beyond 2018, said Nay Min Thu, managing director of iMyanmarHouse.com, a local property website. “Dwindling property market may revive if there is a massive inflow of foreign investments into the market later in the year,” he added. There will […]

SMEs need more funding, support system to expand further

Efforts to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over the past three years have so far not been sufficient to generate meaningful growth for the economy, experts said. While a higher volume of loans were dished out by state-owned and local banks, only a few SMEs have successfully expanded their operations in the past three […]

Myanmar improving but still ‘super challenging’ for business: Study

[YANGON] Family-run firms, a lack of transparency and murky money networks in the former junta-led country continue to make doing business in Myanmar “super challenging”, a new study mapping the country’s top companies said on Monday (March 26). Myanmar’s economy remains dominated by military firms and an elite of crony capitalists – a legacy of […]

Regional investment commission approves first Kachin project

The Kachin State Investment Commission has approved one investment involving K1,688 million since its office was opened last July. The commission is currently examining two investment applications, U Tun Kyaw Kyaw, deputy director from at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), explained. The approved investment is in the agriculture sector and relates to […]

Japan’s Yamato Holdings Co. enters joint venture in Myanmar

Yamato Holdings Co. plans to provide logistics services in Myanmar through a joint venture with a local partner, aiming to capitalize on growing demand for trade and road transport from foreign companies. Yamato Global Logistics Myanmar Co., set up at the end of last year in the country’s commercial capital of Yangon together with local […]