Mastercard to keep high growth rate in Myanmar

Ravinder Aurora, executive director for global public policy and community relations at Mastercard, said at a press conference yesterday that the company enjoyed double digit growth in terms of the number of card users and transaction value by using the cards every year. “Currently, I believe there are roughly about 2 million cards within the […]

Myanmar’s tourism industry faces challenges

Myanmar’s tourism industry has experienced a significant decline compared to previous years. To understand the causes for this development the Global New Light of Myanmar interviewed U Thet Lwin Toe, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. Q: May I know current situation of tourism industry? The country’s tourism sector rose in 2012 like a tsunami. […]

Yangon Government Submits Economic Plan to Parliament

​​ An economic plan for 2017-2018, which aims to increase Gross Domestic Product by 8.5% was submitted to the Yangon Region Government by the Minister of Planning and Finance, Myint Thaung. The minister explained that the draft of the plan was designed to match the budget of the Yangon Region. It was drafted together by […]

Myanmar: Opening up business to the world

MY FIRST visit to Myanmar was in 1985 – it was at a time when the country was still struggling to find its footing from years of internal strife and international disdain. There is really no need to describe a country in this situation, where its political and economic struggles are visible in the streets […]

Infrastructure, skilled workforce are keys to Burmese economic growth

Despite an influx of foreign investment and large resource base, Myanmar’s exponential growth in gross domestic product (GDP) could be held back by inadequate basic infrastructure and a lack of skilled workers, says a Yangon-based business and market entry adviser. Jean-Pierre Verbiest, an economic and finance expert at West Indochina, said Myanmar, officially known as […]