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Reforms aim to improve social security system

The Social Security Board says it is cooperating with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement an all-inclusive social security system in Myanmar. Reforms will be made to social security information, management, health assistance and legal affairs, said U Maung Maung Aye, director general of the board. “We are developing a management information system for […]

Allowing foreign insurance companies into local market

People save part of their income to deal with the inevitable consequences of old age, sickness and death for themselves as well as for their near and dear one. However mishaps like sickness and deaths occurs not only when a person gets old. It can happen anytime anywhere. Due to illnesses, accidents, carelessness of self […]

New policy aims to raise number of new cars on the road

The Ministry of Industry launched a new automotive policy this month, with the aim of supporting transport and auto-related business through sustainable development and more foreign direct investments. Under the new policy, the usage of left-hand drive vehicles will be promoted for road safety purposes. Control measures on imports of used right-hand drive vehicles, which […]

Four local life insurance providers form JVs with foreigners

Four domestic life insurers will cooperate with their foreign counterparts to form joint ventures in Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Insurance Association (MIA). Citizen Business Insurance (CB Insurance), First National Insurance, Grand Guardian Insurance and Capital Life Insurance will form joint ventures with foreign insurers, said U Thaung Han, managing director of CB Insurance and […]

Crop insurance begins to take root in Myanmar

Local insurer Global World Insurance Co (GWI) is expanding its crop insurance pilot project with the signing of an agreement with a private contract farming business, U Soe Win Thant , the director of Global World Insurance, revealed. In 2016, Global World Insurance submitted a proposal on offering crop insurance to the Insurance Business Regulatory […]

Creation of new ministry part of Myanmar’s plan to incentivise FDI

In an attempt to reverse a recent decline in foreign investment, Myanmar has set up a new ministry tasked with attracting and facilitating fresh inflows, though concerns over the re-imposition of import tariffs by the EU could cool investor appetite. On November 19 the government established the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, a […]

Frontier Markets Investment Portfolio: A Mining Site in Northern Myanmar

Asia Frontier Capital’s Regional Investment Analyst Scott Osheroff recently traveled to northern Myanmar to visit the mine site of one of its portfolio companies. Myanmar – Liberalization begins to unfold The National League for Democracy (NLD) seems to have potentially finally come to the realization that the economy is suffering and therefore that their party […]

Myanmar Institute of Business acquired by financial adviser

Yangon financial adviser Trust Venture Partners (TVP) has acquired the Myanmar Institute of Business (MIB), an education and training provider for professionals in financial services, for an undisclosed amount. Demand for financial talent has spiked over the past four years, since foreign banks were permitted to open offices in Myanmar in 2015 and the bond […]

EoI, RfP for insurance services invited

Foreign insurance companies which want to provide insurance services, can get Expression of Interest (EoI) and Request for Proposal (RfP), at www.frd.gov.com, an official website of Financial Regulatory Department at Ministry of Planning and Finance. The ministry issued the statement dated January 2, allowing the foreign insurance companies to offer insurance services in the country. […]

High e-commerce potential, but growth stunted, for now

On November 11, 2018, online shoppers in Myanmar purchased goods worth US$90,000 on the Internet within the first hour of Alibaba Group’s global 11.11 sale. It was the first time the Chinese e-commerce giant had opened up the annual event to Myanmar, where just 1 percent of the population is exposed to e-commerce. Alibaba knows […]