Local log exporters concerned about foreign competition

LOG exporting businesses in Myanmar have requested the government to hold tenders only open to domestic log traders. Log merchants have called for the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), which is under the Ministry of Resource and Environmental Conservation, to hold separate tenders for local wood-based industry merchants engaging in the business of exporting logs of […]

Nay Pyi Taw needs to ensure investors aren’t misled over Rakhine crisis

Interview with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association THE responsibility lies squarely with Nay Pyi Taw to ensure that foreign investors are not misled over the Rakhine crisis, according to a manufacturer association. The Myanmar Times sat down with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association […]

Proposed port and highway to align Ayeyarwady with Belt and Road

Ayeyarwady may follow Kyaukphyu and Dawei to be the next region in Myanmar to embrace a deep-sea port together with other infrastructure projects, with a feasibility of the scheme currently under progress. U Ye Lin from Myanmar Construction and Development Public Co said that a feasibility study is being carried out jointly with South Korea-based […]

HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam wants more trade with Myanmar

Hong Kong (HKSAR)-The Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, continued her visit to Myanmar in Yangon today (September 16). Mrs Lam attended the 14th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) in the morning. Themed “Setting up Historical Milestones through the Economic Reform of Myanmar”, the WCEC was attended by some 2 000 leading Chinese entrepreneurs from around […]

UOB puts focus on Asean investment

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK (UOB), one of the largest Asian banks, is actively engaged in bringing foreign investors to Thailand, particularly the flagship investment project in the Eastern Economic Corridor, according to its chief executive. Asked which Asean countries were now the most attractive for foreign direct investment in the eyes of UOB, Choon Hin Tan, […]

Vietnam’s Viettel to launch 4G network in Myanmar

The Military-run telecom group, Viettel is expected to offer the world’s first 4G Only network in Myanmar in the first quarter of 2018, marking its first steps in the country, according to Vietnam.net. The joint venture was granted a licence at the beginning of the year. However, Viettel has pursued the market since 2002. The […]

Crop insurance, land reform and investment are essential to Myanmar’s agricultural sector

Q: What is the state of the rice industry in Myanmar? A: The government relaxed its control of the rice industry in 2003. Since FY2012-2013, rice export volume has exceeded one million tons per year. Q: Rice from Myanmar does not meet international standards and fails to sell for good prices in the international market. […]

Suu Kyi’s dilemma over Myanmar energy mix

YANGON — When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy was swept into power in 2015, economic development was a key priority and the fledgling government’s social and environmental stance seemed tailor-made for foreign investors. But few foresaw the complexity of adhering to core environmental principles while also dragging a long-neglected economy into the […]

Eco-friendly and job-creating investment being given priority to invest in Thilawa

Myanmar- Japan Thilawa Development Ltd (MJTD) has permitted investments in Thilawa Special Economic Zone giving priority to those who can create better job opportunities for the local people and are more eco-friendly. Currently, a total of 84 companies have been permitted to invest in Thilawa SEZ Zone A and the first phase of the Zone-B, […]

Myanmar Raises the Bar

The country is opening up its economy to foreign investors. To do so, it is introducing the Myanmar Companies Bill, extending credit and lifting bans to raise confidence in its economy. The latest draft of the Myanmar Companies Bill was submitted to the Amyotha Hluttaw by Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung […]