Nay Pyi Taw needs to ensure investors aren’t misled over Rakhine crisis

Interview with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association THE responsibility lies squarely with Nay Pyi Taw to ensure that foreign investors are not misled over the Rakhine crisis, according to a manufacturer association. The Myanmar Times sat down with Felix Chung, honorary chair of the Hong Kong Myanmar Manufacturers’ Association […]

Hong Kong leader heads to Myanmar seeking to complement Belt and Road

HONG Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam will visit Myanmar on September 14-17 in an effort to step up its game in ASEAN and is expected to promote Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Mrs Lam will be speaking at the 14th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention (WCEC) on September 16, which is held by the Yangon-headquartered Myanmar […]

Myanmar oil and gas: Going against the flow

For the first time since 2004, both the price Brent Crude and US crude have fallen below $30 a barrel. Many oil and gas production centres are floundering amidst the current crisis, yet one South East Asian nation is experiencing record growth in its energy sector. Over the past 24 months, significant foreign direct investment […]

US rate hike puts spotlight on importers

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since 2006 yesterday – an event long-feared by developing economies. Myanmar is better protected from the potential fallout than many, although the country’s reliance on imports leaves it exposed to a strengthening dollar. The Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds rate – the rate […]

Foreign investment into lagging agriculture and fisheries sectors urgently needed: exporters

The next government should urgently seek investment in the country’s lagging and underfunded agricultural and fisheries sector, to help halt and reverse the decline in exports, traders said. Of the US$38.18 billion received in foreign investment over the past five years, a bare $208 million has been ploughed into agriculture, according to the Directorate of […]

Yangon hotelier with the Midas touch

International hotel chains have descended on Myanmar but that has not deterred one local chain, Clover Hotels Group, from aiming to open 15 hotels in 10 years. “Most of our hotels will be opened in Yangon but we hope to open at least one hotel in each of the major tourist destinations,” managing director Nay […]

Shwe Taung launches $300m project in downtown Yangon

Shwe Taung Group of Companies yesterday launched a mixed-use project worth US$300 million in the centre of Yangon, demonstrating that the local conglomerate has shaken off its controversial past to emerge as a viable partner in the eyes of many international investors. Junction City, designed by DP Architects from Singapore, will include a five-star hotel […]

Foreign businesses invited to invest in Myanmar’s SEZs

Nay Pyi Taw – The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) invited international investors to work in Myanmar’s three special economic zones – Thilawa, Dawei and Kyaukphyu – at the 11th Asean Business and Investment Summit on November 12. Aung Naing Oo, the secretary of the commission said, “We are inviting investors who are interested in Thilawa […]

Sittwe economic zone in limbo as international investors get cold feet

Plans for a proposed economic zone on the outskirts of Sittwe are in limbo, after international investors pulled out over sectarian violence in Rakhine and wider political concerns about Chinese businesses in Myanmar. In August 2013 the then-state minister for planning and economics U Mra Aung, told The Myanmar Times that a feasibility report was […]

Investors Invited to Develop Yangon Railway Station Complex

Myanmar’s rail transport authorities are working on a massive plan to transform the Yangon Central Railway Station into one of the city’s most sparkling new projects, and are inviting ideas and expression of interest from local and international investors for the move. The state-run Myanmar Railways said it intends the investors to undertake design-and-build work […]