Myanmar should regulate labor unions to help attract more Chinese investment

Over the weekend, some Chinese netizens vented their anger over an incident in Myanmar, in which hundreds of local strikers attacked a Chinese garment factory and briefly detained seven Chinese employees. The Myanmar government needs to restrict the power of local labor unions according to relevant laws to better protect foreign investors’ legitimate rights. In […]

Foreign investment slumps by nearly US$ 650 million

Foreign direct investment (FDI) as of the end of November in the current fiscal year slumped by nearly US$650million when compared to the similar period last year, according to statistics released recently by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). In the same period, FDI of US$3,943.184million entered Myanmar in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, […]

Mizuho Bank and MAX Myanmar inked an MoU for business cooperation

Mizuho Bank and Max Myanmar Holdings signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for business cooperation with an aim at facilitating foreign direct investment (FDI) in Myanmar by Japanese companies. Mizuho Bank will be the first Japanese bank to sign an MoU with Max Myanmar. Mizuho has been supporting Japanese companies entering Myanmar. It opened a […]

FDI and subsidies required to enhance agricultural sector

Foreign direct investment (FDI) and subsidies are required to enhance the agricultural sector. Farmers need to survive from occasions when they are offered a lower price after a harvest. Besides, efforts will have to be made to attract more FDI to put into agricultural sector. At harvest time, supply overpowers demand, resulting in a low […]

Myanmar aims to attract $140 billion in FDI until 2030

Myanmar has set its sights on attracting US$140 billion (Bt4.9 trillion) in foreign direct investment (FDI) from now until 2030, according to a national economic development plan. From 1988 until March 30, which marked the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, Myanmar had granted permits for foreign investments worth $63.7 billion. The national development plan, […]

Myanmar’s clothing industry is set for significant growth in the coming years

Myanmar’s clothing industry is forecast to grow significantly in the coming years, according to a report in the latest issue of Global Apparel Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Forecasters have predicted that there could be up to 1.5 million jobs in the garment industry by 2020 compared with approximately 230,000 in mid-2015, […]

Services Likely to Play Key Role in New Economic Plan, Experts Say

Burma’s service sector, not manufacturing, will likely be the focus of national attention after the new government is formed in March, observers predict. The country’s economy is expected to hit a lull in the post-election period, but experts say that the incoming administration will attempt to boost the service sector to keep the national economy […]

Politics and frontier property markets

Myanmar’s election held on November 8, deemed as the country’s first free election in 25 years, caught the attention of people around the world as Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won by a landslide. Considering the date from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) indicating the rise in the real […]

Keeping the FDI spigot flowing in Myanmar

After emerging from nearly half a century of economic isolation, Myanmar has become an investment darling thanks to reforms launched by military leaders four years ago. The surge in foreign direct investment (FDI) has been substantial despite restrictions remaining in some sectors and uncertainties surrounding the upcoming general election. Even though some investors have adopted […]

Maybank Yangon’s revenue growth to come from lending, transaction banking in 5 years

Maybank International’s chief executive officer Pollie Sim said lending will be driven mainly by working capital financing and transaction banking by Myanmar’s growing international trade and demand for cash management, especially as projects are completed and operationalised. “We believe that Maybank’s success in Myanmar hinges on the growth of Myanmar’s financial sector,” she said in […]