United International Group to Open Five Amata Hotels in 2018-19

United International Group, owner and operator of Amata Hotels in Myanmar, will open five more hotels in the country, U Win Aung, group CEO of United International Group told The Myanmar Times Monday. The company will open two new Amata hotels at Inle Lake and Pindaya in Shan State, two in the Myeik archipelago at Tanintharyi Region […]

IFC, Australia Back Nationwide Study on Myanmar’s Hydropower

AS MYANMAR needs more electricity to realise its development goals during the first civilian government’s term, two ministries have been holding a series of discussions until the third week of January to finalise the countrywide strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on hydropower potential by March. The series of discussions started with a stakeholder meeting in Myitkyina, […]

Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region Invites Power Investments

PEOPLE’S thirst for electricity would create a lot of opportunities for investors to do business in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region bordering Kanchanaburi Province. Kyaw Kyaw Win, a small-scale food manufacturer living in Dawei, the capital of the region, said locals were eager to welcome any bid to boost access to electricity by the authorities as long […]

Yangon to Build $400 Million Elevated Expressway

The Ministry of Construction and International Finance Corporation (IFC) on January 11 signed an advisory services agreement to build an elevated expressway connecting Yangon port, Thilawa SEZ, Yangon International Airport, Yangon Industrial Zone and Yangon-Mandalay expressway. The 20.5-kilometre elevated expressway will cost US$400 million (535.86 billion kyat), with maintenance costs to be paid for by […]

Bouygues, Kajima, Taisei win $1.1bn of Work in Myanmar as Rohingya Crisis Continues

While international attention is focussed on the plight of more than 800,000 Rohingya Muslims forced from their homes in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state and sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh, the increase in foreign investment into Myanmar continues, leading to a rush to build modern office complexes in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. Today it […]

Myanmar tackles food safety in bid to boost agricultural exports

MYANMAR plans to improve food safety in a bid to boost agricultural exports and extract more value from a sector that accounts for 38 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. Ye Tint Tun, director general of the Department of Agriculture, said exports of agricultural products made up 23 per cent of Myanmar’s export […]

Bid to boost corporate transparency in Myanmar accelerates

An annual study on business transparency of Myanmar companies would be widened next year to encourage inclusiveness and accountability in a larger context, according to Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, a Yangon-based initiative funded by six European nations. MCRB director Vicky Bowman said that the assessment of companies’ websites would be doubled to 200 firms […]

Developer brushes off concerns about Myotha Industrial Park

DEVELOPER Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development has brushed off human rights concerns and accusations in relation to the Myotha Industrial Park in Mandalay, while the International Federation for Human Rights argued that the process for the establishment of the park underscores the failure by the developer to conduct proper human rights due diligence. Tensions and confrontations […]

Fixing the Myanmar economy

Major structural overhauls have to be carried out so the country can maximise its potential for growth. Myanmar’s economy is projected by the World Bank to grow by an average of 7 percent between 2017 and 2019. Last year, GDP rose by 6.5pc. That’s among the fastest growing economies in Asia, alongside the likes of […]

Myanmar’s Oway Group to close eight-digit funding round

Myanmar’s leading travel booking and ride-hailing service provider Oway Group said it is currently in discussions with potential investors to close an eight-digit funding round in October. As part of the round, IFC has made an equity investment worth US$2 million in the startup in early 2017, marking the World Bank arm’s first investment in […]