Myanmar Takes Small Steps Towards Providing Greater Liquidity for SMEs

A rising number of start-ups as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are emerging in Myanmar as business opportunities rise. However, many companies fail to achieve their full potential and contribute substantially to the economy because capital assistance is lacking in the country. In Myanmar, banks require collateral in the form of property before […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

Major Dutch timber company found guilty of dealing in illegal teak

Dutch company Boogaerdt Hout has been found guilty of violating the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) for placing illegal Burmese teak on the market. The company has two months in which to clear its supply chain of illegal wood. An investigation has revealed a major Dutch timber company placed illegally sourced teak from Myanmar on […]

Mandalay modernises chamber in bid to draw investments

THE business chamber in Mandalay, Myanmar’s northern economic hub, is undertaking modernisation through a partnership programme with a regional chamber of commerce in Germany. The German IHK Reutlingen (Industrie und Handelskammer Reutlingen) is currently undertaking a three-year agreement with the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) to restructure the latter and modernise its […]

Moscow steps up business with Nay Pyi Taw

At a Russia-Myanmar Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (RMIC) meeting in Moscow last month, Russian commission chair Minister Maksim Oreshkin and Minister for the Ministry of Planning and Finance, U Kyaw Win, signed an agreement to set up a Russia trade representative office in Yangon. The trade representative office should be launched by […]

Tourasia co-owns Diethelm and is in driver’s seat

Swiss tour operator Tourasia has emerged as a substantial shareholder of Diethelm Travel Group (DTG) with its founder/managing director (MD) Stephan Roemer taking the driver’s seat at DTG as its CEO based in Bangkok, effective next week. Lisa Fitzell, group MD of DTG, is on a garden leave till January and is no longer with […]

Thai SMEs encouraged to invest in Mandalay

Thailand’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to invest in Myanmar, especially in Mandalay, a region with abundant natural resources, strong agricultural production and growing demand for Thai goods. Speaking at a seminar in Mandalay sponsored by Bangkok Post Plc and Asset Pro Management Co, Nuttaphong Visitkitchakarn, who sits on the executive committee […]

In ASEAN’s Fastest-Growing Market, SME Development Barred by Obstacles

Local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN’s fastest-growing market are unable to develop and grow because they are bogged down by a slew of bureaucratic and administrative difficulties, business leaders and politicians said. Local businesses in Myanmar have been suffering from challenges such as lack of access to capital and intellectual property (IP) protection […]

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. […]

Tariffs and policies: The crux of Myanmar’s power problem

In 2017, Myanmar is projected to generate a maximum of 2,700 megawatts of electricity, up from around 2,500 MW in 2016, as the population expands and demand for power in the country continues to rise. Yangon, its largest city, is expected to generate almost half, or 1,300 MW of the country’s maximum electricity demand for […]