China to hold 70% stake in Myanmar’s planned strategic seaport

Myanmar will hold a 30 percent stake in its strategic deep-water seaport project led by cash-rich China, giving Beijing a 70 percent interest, under their final agreement reached during recent talks between the two countries, according to a visiting senior Myanmar official. That is an improvement for the emerging Southeast Asian economy from the initially […]

Myanmar’s Waiting for the Western Investment That Never Came

Among business leaders in Myanmar, would-be investment from the U.S. and Europe is known by the wry acronym NATO. “No Action, Talk Only,” Sean Turnell, special economic consultant to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in an interview, underscoring the country’s history of missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy began […]

Vietnam’s Viettel announces business strategy for Myanmar operations

Vietnam’s Viettel Group unveiled on Monday the business strategy for Mytel, its Myanmar-based telecom company, which will begin operations this Saturday, June 9. Mytel will focus on the data segment and new digital services, with D-A-T-A being its motto. “[This] stands for D-igital & new services, A-dvanced technology, T-rustworthy, A-ffordable & various services,” the company […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

Confident of long term growth, Serge Pun bets big on tourism, property

Investors looking for clues on where the Myanmar economy is headed may glean some insight from Serge Pun’s recent corporate maneuvers. The 65-year-old Myanmar tycoon has not been idle of late. Last month, units of Peninsula Residences Yangon, a collection of 96 private luxury homes, went on sale. The homes are part of the Yoma […]

Local banks struggle to meet CBM regulations amid slower economy

Local banks are finding it difficult to meet a set of new regulations set by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) in July 2017 to modernise the domestic financial sector and better attract foreign direct investments at a time of slower growth. Under a new Financial Institutions Law, the CBM has ordered banks to maintain […]

Myanmar woos Asian tourists amid Rakkhine crisis

YANGON — These are anxious times for Myanmar’s tourism industry, as the country’s international reputation takes a battering. But shares in Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun’s Memories Group — which includes hotel construction and travel management services — have defied the uncertainty. The company’s shares have risen 12.3% since their January 5 debut to 0.32 Singapore […]

Myanmar seeks Malaysian FDI in energy, plantations

MYANMAR is seeking more foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows from Malaysia to help develop its key economic sectors. Malaysian conglomerates have been called to capitalise on the country’s increasing demand for electricity and vast areas of untapped land by bidding for energy projects and expanding oil palm cultivation capacities in Myanmar. Former Deputy Finance Minister […]

This ex-Goldman banker quit to take over an empire in Myanmar

SINGAPORE — When Melvyn Pun agreed to take his former boss to Myanmar in 2012, little did he know that the trip would cause him to quit his high-profile job at Goldman Sachs Group. Melvyn had wanted to stay as head of corporate sales for Asia excluding Japan at Goldman, rather than join his father […]

Yangon Stock Exchange launched Online Trading System for securities companies

On December 26, 2017, SECM granted the approval for online trading to a handful of securities companies, which passed online trading tests and are ready for the system. The companies are the Myanmar Securities Exchange Center (MSEC), KBZ Stirling Coleman Securities (KBZSC), CB Securities and AYA Trust Securities. They will be ready to offer services […]