Ambient Digital Group Appoints Yvette Ces as Regional Associate Business Director

Digital media and marketing solutions company, Ambient Digital Group, has appointed Yvette Ces as Regional Associate Business Director. Her responsibilities will include heading up the Myanmar business to expand on its strong growth. Ces will work from the Yangon office, and be responsible for all sales, marketing and new business activities, as well as back […]

Yangon looks to cut rice production

Military-appointed First Vice President Myint Swe meets business leaders in Yangon. The Yangon regional government is holding discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation about growing other crops in 1.2 million acres of paddy fields, said the region’s Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on September 23. “We are drafting a master plan for […]

Mastercard to keep high growth rate in Myanmar

Ravinder Aurora, executive director for global public policy and community relations at Mastercard, said at a press conference yesterday that the company enjoyed double digit growth in terms of the number of card users and transaction value by using the cards every year. “Currently, I believe there are roughly about 2 million cards within the […]

MOC unveils new agricultural export reform plan

The Myanmar government outlined an agricultural trade plan to improve the nation’s struggling export trade sector, according to an article in yesterday’s edition of Myanma Alin Daily newspaper. The plan will address challenges including municipal container truck bans, paperwork hurdles and administrative obstacles that complicate export logistics and result in higher and less competitive prices […]

Trade on the rise, more FDI needed: U Ye Min Aung UMFCCI VP

U Ye Min Aung, vice president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told the Global New Light of Myanmar his views on Myanmar’s economy in an exclusive interview. Q: Please tell us about the current economic situation in Myanmar? A: At the present period, global economy […]

Rice and broken rice export hit 1.2million tonnes

The export volume of rice and broken rice hit 1.2 million tonnes as of the third week of January. Over 400,000 tonnes of rice and broken rice worth US$120million were exported through normal trade, whereas about 800,000 tonnes of rice and broken rice worth US$256million were exported via border trade camps, according to the figures […]

Illegal timber trade from Myanmar grows

THE London-based Environmental Investigation Agency says it is calling on both governments to stop the trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year that is reducing Myanmar’s forests and supplies China’s wood-processing industry, which makes furniture for domestic and international markets. The non-governmental organisation said Chinese businesses acquire the rights to illegally log mountains, […]

Ministry of Mines threatens gold debtors with penalty

The companies have signed mining contracts with the state which provide for in-kind payments of gold, he said. The gold – a total of 200 viss, which equates to 20,000 ticals or 10,540 troy ounces – is owed from contracts starting in the 2007-08 financial year. Yesterday, internationally gold was at US$1119 a troy ounce, […]

Exchange rate fluctuation smooth as USD falters

Moderate depreciation of the US dollar against Asian currencies over the past three months has resulted in marked improvements for the kyat, which has appreciated as much as 2.42 percent against the greenback since mid-February. According to official exchange rates in Yangon, the value of the kyat against the dollar has grown from K988 on […]

Gold prices start year off with a bust

The continued devaluation of gold abroad has led to a 14.73 percent drop on the local markets over the past year, shop owners said. The current market price of one tical of 24 karat gold (one tical equals 0.576 ounces) now sits at K648,000 (equivalent to US$1133 an ounce), down from the K760,000 gold sold […]