Myanmar’s toxic legacy of large dams

The country’s first strategic environmental review provides a chance to demand more from investors and dam builders, but is still being seen as too little, and leading to fierce resistance by marginalised communities. In September spectacular drone footage revealed the beauty of the waterfalls, rapids, ancient temples and islets of the Nam Pang River, a […]

Posco Daewoo assigned for deep sea gas exploration in Bay of Bengal

State-owned Petrobangla on Tuesday entered into the final deal with Posco Daewoo International Corporation to award it the deep sea (DS) gas block -12 in the Bay of Bengal for hydrocarbon exploration. Under the deal, the South Korean oil major will invest between $60-120 million in the next five years for conducting 2D and 3D […]

Myanmar to solicit bids for its 1st LNG terminal

An international tender to build Myanmar’s first liquefied natural gas terminal will start as early as April, presenting a business opportunity for Asian trading and energy companies, according to a government source. Along with a floating LNG terminal with an annual capacity of 3 million to 4 million tons, the $2-billion project includes construction of […]

Thai Exim Bank to open rep office in Yangon

The Export-Import Bank of Thailand will open a representative office in Yangon, Myanmar, in April to assist the start-up or expansion of Thai companies there. Bank president Pisit Serewiwattana said.the Exim Bank has been given a licence to open an office in the former capital city by the Central Bank of Myanmar. The next step […]

POSCO Daewoo launches agribusiness in Myanmar

POSCO Daewoo is launching an agribusiness venture in Myanmar as the company’s future growth engine. According to a POSCO Daewoo official, Sunday, Korea’s largest trading affiliate under POSCO group has secured construction and investment approval from the Myanmar government to build a rice processing complex (RPC) in Twante, the most accessible delta town from Yangon […]

Myanmar woos investments in infrastructure, transport and energy

With the recent enactment of the investment law and lifting of sanctions, Myanmar has become friendlier to foreign investment, particularly in infrastructure, transport and energy, according to its state investment agency. The Myanmar Investment Law was passed on Oct. 18 by combining the country’s foreign investment law and citizen investment law, providing income tax exemptions […]

Myanmar’s Eden Group sets its sights on affordable housing

Tokyo Eden Group, a Myanmar conglomerate whose businesses range from construction to agriculture and finance, is set to further expand its core construction business as the company looks to provide more residences in the fast-growing country, including affordable units outside cities. “Our country needs to develop so much infrastructure and real estate,” group chairman Chit […]

Singapore and China top in FDI

Singapore and China invested the most in Myanmar as of 31 October this fiscal year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Singapore stands at the top of the list with a foreign direct investment (FDI) of US$2,529.803million from April to the end of October this fiscal year, followed by China with […]

US/MMK Exchange Rate On The Move

THE US-dollar exchange rate to MMK experienced a fall from K1,300 in 2015 to K1,100 until last April but has risen to K1,260 again recently. The rising US dollar exchange rate to MMK has led to higher prices for imported goods and local consumers have to buy imported commodities at higher prices but it is […]

MOEP Eyes to Provide Electricity to 230,000 More Households by 2017

The Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) said it will provide electricity to roughly 230,000 more households in the country by 2017. “We are implementing this according to National Electrification Plan. The goal for each year is stated in the plan and we are trying to follow through,” U Aung Ko Ko, director from the Ministry […]