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Japanese companies, DKSH enter Myanmar wholesale market

Three Japanese companies and a Swiss trading house have become the first foreign entities authorised to do retail and/ or wholesale business in Myanmar. Toyota Group’s trading arm Toyota Tsusho, pharmaceutical firm Otsuka and diaper manufacturer Mycare Unicharm are authorised to operate wholesale business as a 100% foreign-owned business, according to an announcement from the […]

Foreign insurance firms may start operations by April 2019: regulator

Qualified foreign insurance providers will receive licenses to operate in Myanmar by April next year. “I can assure it is happening within the next 16 weeks,” U Thant Sin, Director of the Financial Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance, said during the UK Capital Market and Insurance Conference in Yangon on December […]

Business confidence in Myanmar sinks as scepticism mounts

More European businesses say they have lost confidence in Myanmar due to concerns about the National League for Democracy-led government’s management of the economy compared to the last two years, a new survey shows. According to the latest survey from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) published yesterday, a majority of firms (81 […]

Corporate Japan urges Myanmar to address business concerns

The most senior Japanese business leader in Myanmar urged the government to recognise how liberalisation, efficient bureaucracy and reliable power supply allowed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract considerable investments. He also warned that current restrictions placed on foreign firms in the retail and wholesale sector are already “the maximum” but commended the ministry’s […]

New ministry, ‘single-window’ system to help investors do business

Myanmar is tuning up efforts to draw investments into the country. In Parliament Monday, the establishment of the new Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations was approved, paving the way for better coordination between related ministries and organisations on local and foreign investments and development projects implemented with foreign aid or loans. The newly […]

Hotel investments continue to rise despite lower tourist arrivals

Singapore-listed company Memories Group Ltd yesterday launched three new hotels in Myanmar, located in Mawlamyaing, Yangon and Mergui, respectively, even as tourist numbers dip and occupancy rates fall across the country. The 72-room, 3-star Hotel Suggati will be Mawlamyaing’s newest hotel and is being positioned as a business hotel. Mawlamyaig is the fourth largest city […]

Growth in mining industry expected as investments rise

Myanmar’s mining industry is expected to expand in next year on the back of higher foreign and domestic investments. And as more permits for small-scale mining in the regions and states will be approved, mineral exports will also improve during the year, U Than Soe, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and […]

Myanmar targets FDI from East Asia in long-term investment plan

Myanmar is gunning for more foreign direct investments (FDI) from East Asia in the next 20 years under its new Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP), U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told The Myanmar Times at a book launch in Yangon on Thursday. Besides strengthening […]

Myanmar Gets First Foreign Investments for Power Projects in Fiscal Year Transition

YANGON — Myanmar has received its first foreign investments in the power supply sector in the transitional six-month fiscal period, which started on April 1, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). A gas-fired power plant will be built in Mandalay Region’s Singaing Township as part of a joint venture between China’s […]

China hardsells big ticket but low on trust, India’s soft power push in Myanmar education and health

As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China. In a state-of-the art classroom at the steel and glass Myanmar Institute of Information Technology […]