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Metro’s Myanmar subsidiary secures US$20m IFC loan

The Myanmar subsidiary of German retail group Metro AG has raised a US$20m loan from the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank. The subsidiary Metro Wholesale Myanmar is a 85pc-15pc joint venture between Frankfurt-listed Metro AG and Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings, offering one-stop wholesale food service distribution for hotels, restaurants, retailers, […]

MBF signs K2 billion funding agreement with Yoma Bank

Mahar Bawga Finance (MBF), a Myanmar non-banking finance institution (NBFI), and Yoma Bank last Friday signed a semi-collateralised funding agreement under which Yoma will provide MBF with K2.2 billion in funds to support its operations. The agreement, which aims to address growing borrower demand for unsecured loans for personal or business development, could see MFB […]

Rice export declines within eight months

Myanmar only exported over 1.5 million tons of rice and broken rice within eight months from April 1 till December 14, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). Myanmar earned about US$288 million from more than 800,000 tons of rice and broken rice export through border trade routes and over US$240 million from over 700,000 tons […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

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 […]