EU displaces Japan as Myanmar’s Largest Apparel Market

After the reinstatement of Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) rights to Myanmar, orders from European Union have been increasing, and it has now become the top market for Myanmar’s cut-make-pack (CMP) garment sector. This has reduced Myanmar’s heavy dependence on Japan for its CMP exports, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs’ Association. “In the past the […]

Thai Investors Urged to Expand in Neighbouring Countries

Labour-intensive industries, agricultural processing, electricity, garments, hospitality, retail, and spa are potential sectors where Thai investors can expand their investments in CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam), private experts who have invested in the CLMV countries said. “We welcome Thai investors to expand their investment in agriculture, organic farmer, energy, tourism, and hospitality business,” Phouvong […]

French Chamber and UMFCCI to Support Myanmar-EU Trade

The French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Myanmar) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 5 to strengthen partnership with a focus on supporting SMEs and Myanmar businesses. CCI France Myanmar said that the agreement comes at a […]

Myanmar CMP garment exports to touch $2.2bn in 2017

Cutting, making and packaging (CMP) garment exports from Myanmar are likely to fetch around $2.2 billion this year, as local companies have bagged more number of orders from the EU and Japan, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. Apparel orders from the EU have especially increased after reinstatement of GSP rights by the EU. In […]

KBZ Strengthens Remittance Services with US Banks

​​ After kicking off the US-Myanmar direct money transfer service, Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) has tried to establish a direct channel with US banks, KBZ managing director U Win Lwin told the media. Right now, KBZ has opened a USD settlement account in New York’s branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Hence, direct money transfer […]

Myanmar manufacturing set for takeoff

With the end to economic sanctions triggering an investment boom and an abundance of low-cost labor, Myanmar’s nascent manufacturing industries look set for major growth. In the space of less than two years, Japanese clothing retailer Honeys has increased the number of production lines at its second factory in Myanmar from five to 34. The […]

Garment Exports Double Spurred by Rising Orders From Europe

​​ Myanmar garment exports have doubled in 2016 compared to export values of the previous year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. Rising orders from European countries have caused the surge in garment exports, said U Win Myint, Director of Ministry of Commerce. As of December 15th, garment exports reached $1.05 billion, up from $460 […]

Myanmar Expected to Have Earned $2 Bn From Garment Industry

​​ It is expected that Myanmar could earn about US$ 2 billion from CMP (cutting, making and packaging) garment industry, which is running under a piecework system, in 2016, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association. US$ 1.65 billion was earned in 2015, and over US$ 1.1 billion has been earned between April and November of […]

Light Manufacturing to Lead Way in Foreign Investment

​​ RANGOON — Burma’s light manufacturing sector will lead the way in foreign direct investment in 2017 although investor concerns over the country’s infrastructure persist, according to the local business community. Foreign investors visiting in the last year had questions over energy supply, transport and land issues and heavy industry manufacturers are hesitant to invest, […]