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 […]

Kamigumi to create a bulk terminal at Thilawa Port in Myanmar

Kamigumi will establish a terminal operating company named International Bulk Terminal (Thilawa) Co. Ltd (IBTT) – mainly focusing on the handling of grain, feed and other bulk cargo at the Thilawa region of Yangon port in Myanmar as a joint venture with Lluvia Limited of Myanmar, which is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corp. of […]

Need to reduce consumption rises as fuel imports surge

As fuel can be imported freely from overseas, the volume and value of fuel imports into Myanmar is expected to rise this year compared to last year, U Khin Maung Lwin, Assistant Secretary from the Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. “Gasoline has been allowed to be imported regularly into Myanmar. As the private […]

KB Kookmin Card eyes Myanmar market

KB Kookmin Card Co. said Thursday it is pushing to tap into Myanmar’s credit card market after getting the nod to set up an office in the Southeast Asian country. KB Kookmin Card, a unit of South Korea’s banking giant KB Financial Group Inc., said it won approval from Myanmar’s central bank the previous day […]

Manufacturing sector absorbed more foreign investments in Thilawa SEZ

Foreign direct investments in Thilawa SEZ primarily flowed into manufacturing sectors which accounts for 73 per cent of total FDI in the zone. At present, FDI in Thilawa SEZ reached more than US$1.14 billion so far. Manufacturing sector in Thilawa SEZ absorbed investments of about US$843 million in 62 enterprises. Trading sector attracted investments of […]

Myanmar insurance to thrive with competition and free market

U Myo Min Thu is the Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insur­ance (AMI), one of the top three private insurers in Myanmar. AMI was created in 2013 follow­ing the liberalization of economic policy which permitted private insur­ers to enter the market. AMI is the insurance arm of AYA Financial Group, a conglomerate which also owns […]

Increased investment and trade for Myanmar

U Aung Naing Oo, the Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved 26 domestic and foreign companies to conduct investment in Myanmar. Nineteen of the approved companies are foreign businesses. They include 12 companies from the industrial sector, 1 company from the livestock […]

The insurance queue just got longer

Myanmar has a historic connection with the insurance industry. Almost 80 insurance companies operated in the market from the mid-19th century till the mid-20th century, and a large number of them were foreign companies. But things changed in the 1960s when the industry was taken over by the government and all foreign insurers in the […]