Viettel entering mature Myanmar mobile market

Myanmar’s telecoms sector became one of the fastest growing in the world since it was opened up to foreign competition in late 2013, when Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won mobile licences to compete alongside state-owned incumbent MPT. The country had roughly 51 million mobile connections at the end of last year, up from around […]

Myanmar sees boost in private investment in agriculture

Investment in agriculture by private companies is increasing in Myanmar, raising expectations that the modernization of the sector will progress at last. Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corp. (Mapco) has built a large rice mill in a bid to boost exports of rice, while Myanma Awba Group has launched a project to build an agricultural chemical factory. […]

Myanmar woos investments in infrastructure, transport and energy

With the recent enactment of the investment law and lifting of sanctions, Myanmar has become friendlier to foreign investment, particularly in infrastructure, transport and energy, according to its state investment agency. The Myanmar Investment Law was passed on Oct. 18 by combining the country’s foreign investment law and citizen investment law, providing income tax exemptions […]

Myanmar’s tourism boom faces manpower challenges

Tourism is booming in Myanmar. Over the past five years, visitors have been pouring into the country, after it shook off its image as a “pariah” state with the establishment of a quasi-civilian government and, for the first time in more than half a century, an administration under new leadership this year. Tourist arrivals surged […]

Mizuho Bank and MAX Myanmar inked an MoU for business cooperation

Mizuho Bank and Max Myanmar Holdings signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for business cooperation with an aim at facilitating foreign direct investment (FDI) in Myanmar by Japanese companies. Mizuho Bank will be the first Japanese bank to sign an MoU with Max Myanmar. Mizuho has been supporting Japanese companies entering Myanmar. It opened a […]

Chinese investors explore Myanmar market with caution

The delegation, organized by China’s Council for Promoting South-South Cooperation, is made up of representatives from 22 companies engaged in businesses such as infrastructure construction, banking, and hydro-power equipment manufacturing. Wang Xuefei with the Zhejiang Communications Construction Group is among the 30 plus business people of the delegation. “We don’t have any projects under construction […]

UK Government to Strengthen Gas Sector in Myanmar

A UK Government-supported programme, to strengthen the development of a modern, dynamic oil and gas sector in Myanmar, is to be launched later this month, according to a joint press release from the British Embassy in Yangon and Aberdeen International Associates (AIA). Mr Gordon McIntosh, Aberdeen City Council’s former Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure, […]

Myanmar’s 5 growth sectors highlighted

INFRASTRUCTURE, ICT, agriculture and processing, manufacturing and tourism are highlighted as the most attractive sectors for Thai investors looking to establish a presence in Myanmar. At a seminar hosted yesterday by Bangkok Bank, Nattawin Pongpetrarat, vice chairman of the Thai Business Association of Myanmar, said a large number of infrastructure projects ranging from roads to […]

Surbana Jurong goes underground to expand Myanmar business

Surbana Jurong has added Yangon’s first underground pedestrian walkway, an airport and a special economic zone to its list of Myanmar projects, the Singaporean infrastructure consultancy announced this week. Shwe Taung Development awarded Surbana Jurong the contract for the 30-metre underpass last week. The country’s first underground walkway will be located on Pyay Road and […]

Less Than One Percent of Rangoon-Dala Bridge Budget Allocated to Land Compensation

RANGOON — The government paid compensation to 66 landowners on February 17 to partially cover losses to be incurred during the construction of a bridge connecting downtown Rangoon with Dala Township. The five-year, South Korea-funded bridge project, also being called the Korea-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, will cost an estimated US$168 million. South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation […]