Investment Opportunities Emerge in Kanyin Chaung Economic Zone

Investment opportunities in Rakhine State are emerging as the government ups efforts to establish a functioning economy that will create jobs and encourage stability in the region. This month, local private sector experts and businessmen were invited to a briefing promoting investments in Rakhine. Selected sectors of the economy will be prioritised under a five-year […]

Nagaland Declaration’ released at NE Connectivity Summit

DIMAPUR, Sept 24 – Following wide-ranging discussions during the two-day 4th North East Connectivity Summit in Kohima, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI, Arun Chawla released the ‘Nagaland Declaration’ for connectivity-led development of the North East region.As per the declaration, the Summit, which concluded last night, felt the need to create a North East Implementation Agency to […]

Tough Tax Policy, Lack of Capital Access for Myanmar SMEs

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar suffer from arduous tax and monetary policies and lack of access to capital and intellectual property protection. SME owners feel the government needs to address these issues as there are no business category for entrepreneurship and opportunities in emerging fields, such as digital applications and software. Taxes are […]

Myanmar moves forward

The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way. These planned changes in ministerial personnel are aimed at strengthening the government’s leadership […]

In ASEAN’s Fastest-Growing Market, SME Development Barred by Obstacles

Local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN’s fastest-growing market are unable to develop and grow because they are bogged down by a slew of bureaucratic and administrative difficulties, business leaders and politicians said. Local businesses in Myanmar have been suffering from challenges such as lack of access to capital and intellectual property (IP) protection […]

Parliament Rejects e-Lottery Bill

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has rejected the government-proposed Aungbarlay Lottery Bill which hopes to introduce e-lottery and provisions that would allow private-government partnership in lottery operations. U Tun Tun Hein, member of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee, told The Myanmar Times that as Aungbarlay Lottery Bill was sent back to the government. “Hluttaw cannot accept the fact […]

Regional Govt to Build Bridges, Underground Road System

The regional government plans to build bridges and an underground road system to connect Yangon’s older and newer sections, announced Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on July 11. “Yangon is densely populated, and the regional government plans to expand its area. We plan to build a new town on the opposite side of the Yangon […]

Yangon New City Project makes few adjustments

The Yangon New City Project will be carried out with collaboration from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and foreign loans, said Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry, Road and Communication Daw Nilar Kyaw at the 2nd Yangon Region Hluttaw meeting held on 10 July. The new city will be […]

Ministry, UMFCCI Join Calls for Import Substitution as Import Rises

The import volume has increased by US$600 million, compared to the same period from the previous fiscal year, according to 2017-18 trade statistics up till May from the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). Total trade volume from April 1, 2017 to June 2, 2017 is $5.07 billion – an export of $1.9 billion and import of $3.11 billion. When compared to last year’s performance, export increased by about $100 million while Myanmar imported $600 million more than last […]

Centralising Taxi Operations to Ease Congestion

The Yangon Region government would be implementing a new scheme under which taxis would be managed by taxi service operators, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, regional minister of electricity, industry and transportation, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the country’s commercial capital. The minister said there were 80,000 taxis running on the road all […]