Disaster-prone Myanmar presses alert button as monsoon looms

Vice President U Henry Van Thio is a possessed man, running here and there, to check on the preparations of local governments in response to the perennial threats of the monsoon, which is just around the corner. The vice president, who is also chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, assured that he will […]

Local and foreign investors invited to No.21 Heavy Industry (Thaton)

No.21 Heavy Industry (Thaton) of the Ministry of Industry in Thaton Township, Mon State, will go into partnership with local and foreign entrepreneurs, according to ministry sources. Interested local and foreign companies are invited and to send an expression of interest (EOI) to the management section of No.2 Heavy Industry under the Ministry of Industry. […]

Investor sentiment buoyant in ASEAN; PH leads in GDP growth forecast

Despite concerns on the domestic tax environment in the Philippines, the country still ranks highest in terms of high GDP growth projection in ASEAN, which growth is partly driven by government spending, according to a survey. The Oxford Business Group launched its edition of the Business Barometer: OBG in ASEAN CEO Survey, which pointed to […]

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla’s smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years. As she watches her workers haul in this year’s harvest, the 35-year-old is in a triumphant mood, ascribing her victory […]

Govt to remove withholding taxes from April 1 to support businesses

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is planning to stop levying withholding tax starting April 1 onwards in a bid to boost the economy, it revealed during a weekend discussion. The discussions, which took place with the Yangon Regional Government, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other business associations, were held […]

Myanmar seeks Malaysian FDI in energy, plantations

MYANMAR is seeking more foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows from Malaysia to help develop its key economic sectors. Malaysian conglomerates have been called to capitalise on the country’s increasing demand for electricity and vast areas of untapped land by bidding for energy projects and expanding oil palm cultivation capacities in Myanmar. Former Deputy Finance Minister […]

Why Myanmar’s government needs to do more to maintain economic growth

Myanmar’s economy is growing. In particular, the manufacturing and retail sectors are booming. However, the government must address significant challenges to maximise Myanmar’s growth potential. The manufacturing industry grew dramatically The government set bold industralisation targets. It wanted to promote manufacturing exports and lessen the country’s reliance on oil and gas. Industry, including manufacturing, contributed […]

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd’s Latest Chairman Letter: 3 Things Investors Should Know About Its Growth Opportunities

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd (SGX: Z59) is a conglomerate that focuses on Myanmar. It has business interests in a wide variety of sectors in the country, such as real estate development, agriculture, tourism, vehicle distribution, and food and beverage retail. In Yoma Strategic’s latest annual report for its fiscal year ended 31 March 2017 (FY2017), […]

Prospects Improving in E-commerce

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to be worth $50 billion by the end of this year and will likely be worth four times more by 2025, according to a report released last week by Google and Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings. At 330 million, the number of monthly active internet users has risen […]