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Four retail-wholesale JVs permitted to operate

Six months after allowing foreign investors to register and participate in the domestic retail and wholesale sector in May, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has so far permitted four joint ventures between foreign and local investors Under notification 25/2018 issued on May 9, the MOC allowed 100 percent foreign-owned businesses to operate in the retail […]

Local retailers balk at foreign competition as economy slows

While opening up the domestic retail and wholesale sector to foreign ownership has succeeded in generating rising investor interest, local concerns over the move by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) have also grown. Chief among those concerns is foreign competition. In fact, local retailers say there should be restrictions placed on foreign firms that directly […]

IFC, UMFCCI work to improve food safety in Myanmar

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to help food sector companies address and improve food safety practices. Another goal is to develop the country’s agribusiness sector to increase exports, draw investments, and generate jobs. According to IFC, […]

Myanma Awba opens new agrochemical production complex in Yangon

Myanma Awba Group, Myanmar’s largest manufacturer and distributor of agricultural technology, launched Myanmar’s first private agrochemical production complex in Yangon Region on August 19. The US$35 million Hmawbi Agricultural Input Complex (HAIC) is located near Wa Nat Kyaung Village in Hmawbi Township, occupying 126 acres of land. Myanma Awba is providing up to $25 million […]

Work on Yangon Elevated Expressway to Begin Next Year, Says Minister

Naypyitaw—Construction of the Yangon Elevated Expressway project will begin next year and should be completed within three years, Deputy Construction Minister U Kyaw Lin said on Monday. The deputy minister made the comment in response to a question from lawmaker U Nay Myo Htet about the ministry’s plan to build an inner ring-road in Yangon […]

IFC, partners working toward boosting Myanmar rice industry

YANGON, MYANMAR — IFC through a partnership with Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) to support sustainable growth of Myanmar’s rice industry. The MoU aims to accelerate changes in the industry through development, improvement, and promotion of milled rice standards and paddy grading […]

IFC, YCDC to improve construction permit system

The International Financial Corporation (IFC) the sister organisation of the World Bank, is partnering with the Yangon City Development Committee(YCDC) to reform the city’s construction permit system and optimise the role of the private firms. “The goal of this partnership with IFC is to streamline and automate Yangon’s construction permit process by June 2019. This […]

Oway Group receives private equity to expand in competitive taxi market

Oway Group last week received $7 million in fresh funds from Mekong-focused private equity firm Belt Road Capital Management (BRCM), which is headquartered in Cambodia. The online travel service provider, which is founded by local entrepreneur Nay Aung, operates the mobile taxi-hailing service Oway Ride as well as oway.com.mm, Myanmar’s largest online travel portal. The […]

International partnerships drive transparency among Myanmar companies

Good corporate governance is what attracts investors, such as International Financial Corporation (IFC), for companies, according to the findings revealed by the latest transparency report. The report also points to the very poor disclosure record and absence of corporate governance by companies which are registered at Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) as “public” […]

A New Harbinger of Good Governance – Myanmar’s Institute of Directors

This week marks the launch of an important market institution – the Myanmar Institute of Directors (MIoD), the first independent, private sector-led organization promoting best corporate governance standards and practices in the country. This is a significant step in Myanmar’s ongoing market reforms and sends a strong signal to the global business community the country’s […]