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Long term economic improvement certain, strategy needed: U Win Aung

THE government has come under pressure for its handling of the Myanmar economy, with stakeholders lamenting the slowing pace of economic reform and investment flows. During the first half of 2018, approved foreign direct investments (FDI) totalled just $1.7 billion, compared to $4.1 billion during the same period in the previous fiscal year. Meanwhile, GDP […]

Govt counting on Asian travellers to boost tourism

Myanmar’s tourism sector has borne the brunt of the Rakhine refugee crisis, with growth in tourist arrivals dropping to 1 percent in 2018 compared with 7.1pc in 2017, according to the World Bank. The number of western tourist arrivals fell the most, more than offsetting arrivals from Asia. The numbers reflect reports of booking and […]

Govt deploys strategy to raise tax revenues

Myanmar will implement plans to raise tax revenues in the coming years. “Our target is collect over 15 percent in taxes to GDP,” said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance. The tax to GDP ratios of other ASEAN countries are all above 10pc, with […]

Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises show how much reform is still needed

NOTHING has been made in the engine factory in Thagaya, in the south of Myanmar, since April last year. Yet around 350 employees still turn up each day. In 2016 government-owned factories like this one made a loss of more than $200m. When Myanmar moved from military dictatorship to a form of democracy, its new […]

Govt racks up larger debt, but more is local

The NLD government has accumulated debt totaling K6.7 trillion during the duration it has been in power, according to documents supporting the 2018-19 Budget. That’s more than half the K11.7 in debt racked up by U Thein Sein’s former administration during its entire five-year term. However, while U Thein Sein’s Union Solidarity and Development Party […]

GDP expands to 7.4pc as more companies are cleared for business

Mandalay Region, Myanmar’s second largest city, has permitted the opening of 14 local and foreign businesses in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, chair of the Mandalay Regional Investment Committee. Nine foreign companies will contribute foreign direct investments totaling $13.6 million, while the remaining six companies will contribute K23.1 billion in local […]

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 […]