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Myanmar plans alternative market to jump-start stock exchange

Myanmar’s securities regulator and the Yangon Stock Exchange are planning to establish an alternative market where investors can trade shares of unlisted companies, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned. Dubbed the Myanmar Public Companies Board, the new market will be a steppingstone for companies to list on the fledgling Yangon Stock Exchange, according to a […]

Foreign insurance firms can give Myanmar’s lagging insurance market a much-needed boost

It has been a long time coming, but foreign insurance companies will soon be able to operate in Myanmar. Plans to liberalise the insurance market in this way were first announced in 2011. But only now has the government given the regulations the go-ahead. It is too late for those companies that left after becoming […]

Colliers Property Report – Yangon Office Market Quarterly Report Q4 2018

Insurance industry to buoy office market Summary & Recommendations As at the end of 2018, the citywide occupancy breached the 70% mark. Though this is healthy, Colliers has noted the sluggish pace of absorption during H2 2018. While demand appears currently held back given the recent market situation, Colliers remains optimistic that office space requirements […]

Myanmar steps up financial reforms

The government of Myanmar is finally putting its long-anticipated plans for economic liberalisation into overdrive. In the past few weeks it has announced numerous reforms — including insurance liberalisation and further easing of restrictions on foreign banks, the establishment of a credit rating bureau and the formation of a “project bank” to encourage investment, especially […]

Foreign insurance firms may start operations by April 2019: regulator

Qualified foreign insurance providers will receive licenses to operate in Myanmar by April next year. “I can assure it is happening within the next 16 weeks,” U Thant Sin, Director of the Financial Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance, said during the UK Capital Market and Insurance Conference in Yangon on December […]

Myanmar likely to open more sectors to FDI

A SURGE in interest among global players following the liberalisation of Myanmar’s education sector to foreign investors has motivated the authorities to continue opening up the economy in other restricted sectors. Thant Sin Lwin, deputy director general at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said at a press conference on Tuesday that Myanmar […]

Myanmar insurance industry poised for reform, awaits liberalisation

Insurance providers in Myanmar can expect a more competitive and promising landscape on which to do business in the near future. With market liberalisation, which will enable firms to offer a wider variety of insurance products, on the government’s agenda, local and foreign providers alike have already started training staff and building management and IT […]

Businesses demand quicker reforms, policy clarity in 2018

After a somewhat “disappointing” 2017 for the private sector, during which key economic legislation failed to take shape as expected, leading businessmen and chambers of commerce have urged Nay Pyi Taw to be more decisive and efficient in implementing reform in 2018. Moving forward, the business community wants to see stronger leadership and direction from […]

Colliers Property Report – Yangon Office Q3 2017

Upward Trending Demand amid Stabilised Rents Demand for office space has improved over each of the last five quarters as rents have stabilised at competitive levels. As of Q3 2017, the average occupancy rate reached more than 70%, a level last seen in 2015. Looking forward, economic reforms such as the new Myanmar Investment Law […]