Rejoining Asia’s Rice Bowls

Rice is one of the major sectors prioritised by the Myanmar National Export Strategy. The Strategy was designed to fuel the country’s sustainable development through export promotion and was first launched in March 2015 under the previous administration. At one time, the country was the top rice exporter internationally until the Second World War. Subsequently, […]

IFC launches its sustainability guidelines in Myanmar language

Arm of world bank guides local companies on managing environmental, social risks The International Finance Corporation, a private sector arm of the World Bank Group, last week released a Burmese version of its Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability. The publication is a set of eight internationally recognised norms that guide companies and governments […]

Myanmar Capital Markets Essential for Private Sector: IFC

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March to strengthen corporate governance regulatory standards and practices in Myanmar. In its press statement, the IFC said that a better regulated market will bolster investor confidence and […]

The Peninsula Hotel to Arrive in Yangon

​​ First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has announced its luxury hotel venture The Peninsula Yangon as part of its real estate development Yoma Central, a move that coincided with a rise in its share price. On February 16, FMI held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Yoma Central project, formerly known as the Landmark Development, in Yangon. […]

Can Myanmar’s Hydropower Study Truly be For The People?

In recent weeks, violent clashes in Kayin State have further disrupted Myanmar’s fragile peace process. Fighting between the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the government-sponsored Border Guard Force (BGF) in Mae Tha Waw areas of Hlaingbwe township, and more recently near Kawkareik township, has displaced over a thousand people. Entire families have fled their homes and are […]

Playing PPP Catch-up

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been used as a mechanism to build and upgrade infrastructure in the developing countries of Southeast Asia for several decades. However, PPPs are relatively new to Myanmar. The country is lagging behind the other ASEAN member states, and its development needs are enormous. Myanmar can benefit from PPPs for both hard […]

Myanmar’s New Investment Law Regulations to Take Effect Next April

NAY PYI TAW, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s new Investment Law will take effect with its regulations on April 1 next year, an official of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told the media in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday after a Consultation Workshop for Implementing Regulation of the Myanmar Investment Law was held. […]

Lower house passes Myanmar’s long-awaited Investment Law

The lower house of parliament approved the Myanmar Investment Law yesterday, taking the long-awaited draft a step closer to becoming law. The legislation, which combines into one document the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law and the Foreign Investment Law, now moves to the upper house for consideration. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) began working on a draft of the law […]

China faces tougher laws in Myanmar

In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in high risk projects, reports Vicky Bowman A new government took power in Myanmar on March 31, 2016, led in practice, if not on paper, by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Governments and businesses around the world are keenly […]