Myanmar’s Waiting for the Western Investment That Never Came

Among business leaders in Myanmar, would-be investment from the U.S. and Europe is known by the wry acronym NATO. “No Action, Talk Only,” Sean Turnell, special economic consultant to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in an interview, underscoring the country’s history of missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy began […]

Govt to issue new licenses for commercial vehicles

The government will install a new vehicle licensing system under which a new domestic operator license will be issued to firms or individuals who own and operate vehicles for commercial purposes. The new system, which will take effect in January 2019, differs from the current practice of issuing a license per vehicle, said U Soe […]

Grab on fast track to growth in Myanmar

Grab, a leading ridehailing service provider in Southeast Asia, is making plans to continue as the market leader in Myanmar with its new offerings for passengers and driver-partners, according to Alvin Loh, the firm’s acting country manager for Myanmar. Loh said in an interview that more and more passengers are enjoying ridehailing services operated by […]

CB Bank successfully adapting to meet the needs of a new generation

Economic liberalisation came relatively late to Myanmar, but the country has been working hard to make up for its slow start. Following a military coup in 1962, the country was governed by an oppressive dictatorship and subsequently experienced the ignominy of being rated one of the least developed and most corrupt nations in the world. […]

Concerns from multiple parties emerge following Grab, Uber merger

Concerns are mounting from multiple parties after Grab, the taxi ride hailing company, officially announced the acquisition of rival Uber’s Southeast Asia operations on Monday. ‘‘We have reached an agreement to combine our business in Southeast Asia with Grab. In exchange, Uber will take up a 27.5 percent stake in the combined company. After investing […]

Grab Officially Takes Control Of Uber’s Southeast Asia Operations

Grab announced today that it will acquire all of Uber’s Southeast Asia assets, confirming rumors that have been floating around the highly competitive ride-hailing market. Grab gains control over all Uber’s assets and operations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, including UberEats, which the company plans to leverage to expand […]

Uber just sent out message to all subscribers in Asia to download Grab apps by 8 April 2018

Is this the end of Uber as we know it in South-East Asia? Isn’t Grab going to maintain a dual brand strategy?   As you already know Uber has decided to sell its business in South-East Asia to Grab. We have received an email from Uber via an email at 11.19 am 26/3/2018 (Myanmar Time) […]

Yoma to upgrade taxis, offer vehicle financing for Grab drivers in Myanmar

YOMA Strategic Holdings has signed an agreement with ride-hailing service Grab, which will see the mainboard-listed company upgrading the fleet of taxis in Myanmar, and providing vehicle financing for Grab’s drivers in the country. The partnership with Yoma will support Grab’s recently launched services, GrabTaxi Plus and Grab for Business services, as GrabTaxi drivers use […]

Grab dismisses Vietnam’s plan to treat it like taxi company as ‘major setback’

The popular ride-hailing app said new regulations considered by the Ministry of Transport would have ‘grave consequences.’ Ride-hailing company Grab expressed frustration at Vietnam’s announcement to impose greater control over its operations on Friday, another development in the prolonged tension between Grab and traditional transport firms in the country. Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The […]

Myanmar: Asia’s Final Frontier Car Market

Earlier this month I spent four days in Myanmar, the proud and reclusive nation of 52 million sandwiched between India, China and Thailand. My purpose: Work with officials in the Myanmar government to develop plans for a competitive auto industry. The timing could not be better: Fast-emerging and increasingly affordable EV and autonomous vehicle technologies […]