Myanmar Fails to Advance in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business List

YANGON—Myanmar showed no improvement in its overall ranking in the World Bank’s latest ease of doing business index, retaining the No. 171 spot it held last year—and remaining the least favorable ASEAN member country in which to conduct business. Illustrating the ambitious nature of the government’s goal of reaching the top 100 by 2020, Myanmar […]

Colliers Property Report : Yangon Office 3Q2018

Summary & Recommendations Given the absence of new project completions, the citywide occupancy rate further inched up as at the end of Q3 2018. Meanwhile, the net absorption rate at the end of the quarter is only half the amount recorded from the same period last year. Looking ahead, we expect office demand to increase […]

Plan for Mandalay terminal worries bus owners

Bus operators have expressed reservations about the final design of the Chan Mya Shwe Pyi (Kywel Sel Kan) bus terminal in Mandalay, which is touted as one of the most modern in the country. The final design of the upgrade was submitted last month to the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) by M-Development Corporation Co […]

Myanmar, Japan-involved consortium to build high structure in Yangon

YANGON, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Pharmaceutical Industrial Enterprise (MPIE) and a consortium of two local Myanmar companies and a Japanese company on Saturday signed an agreement to build a high-rise structure on the land owned by MPIE in Tamway, Yangon, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The consortium, named NSKRE Residence […]

Gas-fired plant in Kyaukse to be built

A 145-megawatts natural gas-fired power plant will be built in Kyaukse of Mandalay Region, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy. The gas-fired power plant will be implemented within Baelin 230 kV substation by Powergen Kyaukse Company Limited. 18MW gas engines for the power plant, purchased from Wartsila Company, arrived to Ahlone international port […]

Myanmar official says ‘totally underestimated’ economic impact of Rohingya crisis

A Myanmar foreign investment official said on Wednesday he “totally underestimated” the economic damage of the Rohingya crisis, adding that the outcry over the jailing of two Reuters reporters would also have some impact on his country’s reputation. Asked at an investor forum in Singapore what impact the crisis had on Myanmar’s economy and investment, […]

Businesspeople Urge State Counselor to Reduce Tax And Loan Interest Rates

Leading businesspeople urged State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to reduce tax and bank loan interest rates during a meeting in the administrative capital Naypyitaw on Tuesday. Potential investors are maintaining a wait-and-see attitude and Myanmar’s economy is experiencing a slowdown, said leading builder U Maung Weik. Reducing bank loan interest and tax rates […]

Myanmar gold exports could rise to 20 T in 2019 -industry official

KOCHI, India, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Myanmar could export as much as 20 tonnes of gold in 2019 after the Southeast Asian country earlier this year permitted exports of the precious metal for the first time in five decades, a senior industry official said on Saturday. A pick-up in legal exports will reduce the smuggling […]

Myanmar allows up to 80% of foreign investment in agriculture sector

Foreign businesses have been allowed to invest up to 80 percent in Myanmar’s agriculture sector instead of 49 percent, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). “Previously, the agriculture sector seemed to protect local businesses. At that time, a foreigner was allowed to invest 40 percent while a national had the chance to invest 51 percent. […]

Myanmar Gold Exports Could Rise to 20 Tons in 2019: Industry Official

Kochi, India. Myanmar could export as much as 20 metric tons of gold in 2019 after the Southeast Asian country earlier this year permitted exports of the precious metal for the first time in five decades, a senior industry official said on Saturday (04/08). A pick-up in legal exports will reduce the smuggling of gold […]