Can Myanmar’s Hydropower Study Truly be For The People?

In recent weeks, violent clashes in Kayin State have further disrupted Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the government-sponsored Border Guard Force (BGF) in Mae Tha Waw areas of Hlaingbwe township, and more recently near Kawkareik township, has displaced over a thousand people. Entire families have fled their homes and are […]

IFC to Help Myanmar Develop a Secured-Transactions Framework

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Myanmar’s government to develop a secured-transactions framework that will allow businesses, especially micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to access finance by offering movable assets as collateral, IFC said in a statement on 5 November. This will unlock significant financing for MSMEs, for whom lack […]

IFC Clarifies Bagan Loan to in-Limbo Hotel, While Govt Says Status Remains Up in The Air

The International Finance Corporation’s funding of a local hotel developer whose Bagan tourism project remains in limbo is dependent on government approval, the IFC clarified yesterday. On October 22 the IFC announced a loan of US13.5 million to United International Group, which owns Amata Hotel Group, to expand on its hotel developments at Bagan and Inle lake. […]

Myanmar’s New Investment Law Regulations to Take Effect Next April

NAY PYI TAW, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s new Investment Law will take effect with its regulations on April 1 next year, an official of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told the media in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday after a Consultation Workshop for Implementing Regulation of the Myanmar Investment Law was held. […]

Companies Act in Government’s Sights

Now that the Myanmar Investment Law has been passed by both houses of parliament, attention turns to the new Myanmar Companies Act, which senior business sector figures say will be key in improving corporate governance. The investment law, which will combine and replace the Foreign Investment Law and the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law, was passed by […]

Exclusive: Hungry for power, Myanmar bets on hydro in new energy plan

YANGON (Reuters) – Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment. The new democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi has made job creation one of its top […]

China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]

Hydropower working group launched in Myanmar

The International Finance Corporation and more than 100 members of Myanmar’s private hydroelectric power sector have launched a new working group to help “influence policy and identify solutions to improve upon sustainability and business operations in Myanmar.” The organization, called the Hydropower Developers’ Working Group, represents more than 100 stakeholders in the country’s hydro sector, […]

Sule Square Project Breaches Building Regulations, Says Inspection Committee

RANGOON—The High-Rise Inspection Committee (HIC) of Rangoon’s municipal body said that the Sule Square commercial complex includes two extra floors for which the developers do not have permission to add. Construction of the 23-floor structure is nearly complete. Aung San Win, secretary of the HIC within the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), told The Irrawaddy […]