Businesses urge overhaul of banks’ loan policy

Banking experts and senior officers from the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) said Myanmar must change its loan policy to make it easier for businesses to access debt for growth. In Myanmar, loans issued to businesses are approved based on collateral and are mostly extended over a short term. Compared to other countries, the […]

Myanmar moves to stave off credit crunch

NAPYITAW — Myanmar’s banking system is facing tough new regulations that could take more than $1 billion worth of local currency out of circulation, severely curtail lending and badly hurt the economy if a tight compliance deadline is not eased, senior bankers have warned. The Central Bank of Myanmar published its first set of modern […]

Strengthening Myanmar’s banking sector is key to economic growth

Central to Myanmar’s economic development is the reform of its finance sector and specifically its banking sector. Banks play a fundamental role in the transformation of market economies. Recently the government has enacted a series of laws intended to reform and strengthen its banking institutions to restore investors’ confidence and to make capital more accessible. […]

Myanmar Economy Needs ‘Predictable Policy,’ New Reform Leader Urges

NAYPYITAW — “Winston” Set Aung, Myanmar’s newly-appointed deputy minister for national planning and finance, has urged fellow government leaders to pursue further regulatory and policy reforms for the economic development of Myanmar during a panel session at the Myanmar Democratic Transition Forum. “It is required to establish predictable and stable policy with clear and simple […]

Suu Kyi Government Brings Back Myanmar’s ‘Mr. SEZ’

YANGON — Myanmar’s government has brought a key architect of the previous administration’s economic policy back into the fold, aiming to bolster confidence in the business community. President Htin Kyaw’s office on Monday announced the appointment of Set Aung, until recently the deputy governor of the central bank, as deputy minister for national planning and […]

Myanmar’s Tourism Destination Dreams Fade Amid Empty Hotels

With its sweeping view of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a glittering golden stupa and Myanmar’s top cultural attraction, the Esperado Lake View Hotel should be in an enviable spot. Yet, just two years after it was built, this four-star hotel sits half-empty for many months at a time, according to manager Nero Kyaw Wai. “We aren’t seeing […]

Yangon New City Project to be Remodelled with Tower Blocks Included

The current New City project in Myanmar’s commercial capital will be remodelled to accommodate the city’s projected population growth and tower blocks will be part of the new plan, according to a Yangon Region minister. Daw Nilar Kyaw, the regional minister for electricity, industry and transportation, made the remarks on July 10 during a special […]

Myanmar tycoon says economy neglected by Suu Kyi’s government

Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun, one of the wealthiest men in Asia, said on Thursday the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has neglected the nation’s much-needed economic reform. Pun, head of property-to-banking conglomerate First Myanmar Investment 00001.YG, urged authorities to give more attention to growth in one of the region’s poorest countries. He said […]

Urban Landscape: Yangon — A Missed Investment Opportunity?

WE were fortunate to be among the first real estate consultants to do business in Myanmar. Since 2012, we have seen a rapid transformation of the urban landscape in Yangon. During a recent trip to conclude a consultancy work for a Japanese client, we are glad to see some of our earlier consulting work completed […]

Foreign investors remain upbeat about Myanmar

YANGON – Foreign investors remain upbeat about Myanmar’s economy despite concerns over its pace of reform, said the head of a Singapore think tank, Associate Professor Simon Tay on Wednesday (June 28) at forum in Yangon. According to a preliminary survey result of foreign businesses conducted by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, some 67 […]