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 […]

Return of shared taxi service to heat up Yangon market

The Yangon Regional Government is planning to allow the return of shared taxi services between the outskirts and Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication. The move comes amid rising demand and is likely to introduce more competition in the Yangon taxi market. It is also […]

CB Bank Leads Myanmar’s Drive for Digitalisation

After years of isolation, Myanmar opened up to the global economy in 2010, and its banking sector sprung to life. Consequently, foreign direct investments started to flow, particularly towards the telecommunications sector. Myanmar’s mobile phone penetration, once at one of the lowest levels in the world, has grown to 90 percent in recent years, with […]

Kargo: Technology Solving the Highway to Logistics Hell

By Ben Roache Coordinating the logistics of trucking goods around Myanmar should be a nightmare. And for foreign firms, or even new companies, it is. Unsurprisingly, this industry is highly inefficient, outdated, and unorganised, plagued with many of the same issues that face other industries in the country, such difficulties in credit and finance, communications, […]

Businesses, government must embrace digital technology to stay relevant

To develop and expand, Myanmar must embrace and keep up with the pace at digital technology is changing the economy and the way companies do business around the world, tech experts at the Digital Transformation Summit said. The summit was jointly held by the Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI) and US […]

Need to reduce consumption rises as fuel imports surge

As fuel can be imported freely from overseas, the volume and value of fuel imports into Myanmar is expected to rise this year compared to last year, U Khin Maung Lwin, Assistant Secretary from the Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. “Gasoline has been allowed to be imported regularly into Myanmar. As the private […]

Who can Grab the opportunity s Uber’s Asian ride gets bumpy?

As ride-hailing giant Uber struggles with its manifold problems worldwide, regional rivals such as the Southeast Asia-focused Grab are embracing one cardinal rule: don’t gloat just yet. Instead, with the titan on the ropes, the smaller players are quietly using the opportunity to expand into new countries and services, consolidating market share wherever possible. But […]

Grab to invest US$100m in Myanmar as smartphone use surges

[SINGAPORE] Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies to capture exploding use of smartphones. Grab will invest the money over the next three years and work with local governments to expand ride-hailing to more cities and roll out services such as […]

Hello Cab returns to market with new app, says market big enough for four

Local taxi operator Hello Cab is gearing up to compete in Yangon’s after upgrading its mobile app, managing director U Aung Win said. ‘’We are using an application which was created in 2013 and is no longer up to date. Now, we are drawing on new software to build the app and hope to finish […]