Myanmar pulses unaffected by India’s import restriction: industry

India’s Department of Commerce, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has released a trade policy statement, on August 30, stating that as per the foreign trade policy, import of peas classified under Exim Code including yellow peas, green peas, dun peas and Kaspa peas is “restricted” until the end of September. However, this will […]

Yangon threatens unregistered fibre optic firms with legal action

The Yangon government will take action against unregistered telecommunications companies providing services such as installation of fibre optic cables for commercial and residential customers, a regional minister said. Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region minister for Electricity, Industry, and Roads and Communications, told the regional parliament on Wednesday that next month, her office will join up […]

Myanmar: Timber export earnings well down on previous years

U Khin Maung Kyi, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, has been quoted as saying income from timber exports and domestic trade will exceed the US$90 mil. in fiscal 2017-18 target which ends 31 March 2018. This represents a considerable decline from past years. The value of wood product […]

Gov’t plans three hydropower projects in Sagaing region

The regional government is planning to develop three hydropower projects in Homalin, Kani and Nanyon townships in Sagaing region under the guidance of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said Than Nyunt Win, regional minister for electricity, industry and transport. The company that won a tender to conduct an assessment of the potential for electricity […]

Industry debates tax levels after easing gold trade

Speculation has been rife over the level of duties involved in the import and export of gold since the trade was liberalised last month, allowing gold to move freely in and out of the country via air, sea and border routes. Although the authorities have yet to make any announcements, industry insiders reckon a 15 […]

Yangon to Take Part in Upgrading of Industrial Zones

​​ The Yangon Regional Government will upgrade the industrial zones located within Yangon Region to encourage further investments and development, U Phyo Min Thein, the region’s Chief Minister said during a meeting at the office of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry late last week. There are 29 industrial zones […]

Govt Sticks to Courageous Target as Myanmar Slips Down in World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings

Myanmar is in fact slipping further away from the govt’s target of reaching top 100 in the Doing Business index by 2020. It remains to be seen how Nay Pyi Taw could deliver this commitment. DESPITE the fact that Myanmar has fallen one place last year in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings, Nay Pyi […]

Yangon Chief Minister Underscores Systematic Management of Industrial Zones

​​ Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has stressed the need to systematically manage the industrial zones where warehouses and vacant land plots are subject to market speculation as an industrial supervision committee has been formed with regional ministers. The establishment of the supervision committee under the leadership of the ministers comes after management […]

Government Reaffirms Commitment to Labour Market Reforms

Representatives of the Myanmar government, employers, workers, civil society and international partners on Wednesday gathered for the third time since 2015 in a forum to discuss the progress and challenges faced in an ongoing effort to implement labour market reforms. Taking place in Nay Pyi Taw, the forum was held as part of the ‘Initiative […]

Investments, Solutions Needed on Back of Black Bean Price Collapse

Despite efforts to support the local bean industry after India imposed harsh restrictions on imports from Myanmar, businesses along the entire black bean supply chain have taken a hit and more investments are needed to support ailing farmers. While demand for mung beans and pigeon peas from China, Nepal and Pakistan has been able to […]