M-development Corp signs Chanmyashwepyay project in Mandalay

M-development Corporation (Myanmar) Co has signed a Build, Operate and Transfer agreement with the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) to upgrade the Chanmyashwepyay (Kywesekan) Bus Terminal over a period of 50 years, at K3 billion per year. The terminal will be upgraded in accordance with international standards and built to function like an airport. Targeted […]

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 […]

Regulatory roadmap needed for banking sector reform

Myanmar needs to establish a regulatory roadmap for the banking sector. This will give the local banks more clarity on the progress and timing of upcoming regulations, allowing them to gear up for further reform and growth. “Carrying out regulatory reform at an unmeasured pace can cause trouble,” said Azeem Azimuddin, CFO of Ayeyarwady Bank, […]

Hilton enjoys double digit growth in Myanmar since entry

HILTON WORLDWIDE has enjoyed double digit growth every year since it entered Myanmar three years ago, and expects stronger growth as it expands further, according to a senior executive. William Costley, vice president of operations for Southeast Asia and India, said in an exclusive interview the hospitality firm is doing really well in Myanmar in […]

Crop insurance, land reform and investment are essential to Myanmar’s agricultural sector

Q: What is the state of the rice industry in Myanmar? A: The government relaxed its control of the rice industry in 2003. Since FY2012-2013, rice export volume has exceeded one million tons per year. Q: Rice from Myanmar does not meet international standards and fails to sell for good prices in the international market. […]

Myanmar insurance to thrive with competition and free market

U Myo Min Thu is the Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insur­ance (AMI), one of the top three private insurers in Myanmar. AMI was created in 2013 follow­ing the liberalization of economic policy which permitted private insur­ers to enter the market. AMI is the insurance arm of AYA Financial Group, a conglomerate which also owns […]

Yangon to Mandalay Railway Back on Track

The railway linking Yangon to Manda­lay has been slat­ed to receive a series of large-scale, overdue reno­vations. With a loan from the Japan International Co­operation Agency (JICA), the 385 mile stretch of rail will be revamped to meet international standards and halve transportation times. U Myo Win, General Manager of Myanma Rail­ways, told the Myanmar […]

Thirty-four kinds of aquatic products granted duty free for export

Thirty-four kinds of aquatic products have been granted duty-free status to be exported to America by the Ministry of Commerce, according to a report in the Myawady Daily. Fish and shrimp are the most exported among aquatic products. The merchants need to be careful of the product quality, need to mention the proportion of ingredients […]

Condo law set for more debate in January

A draft Condominium Law will be re-submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in January, a member of the lower house said last week. Amyotha Hluttaw member U Phone Myint Aung said during parliament last week that there has been disagreement between the upper and lower houses of parliament over the bill. “When the two houses rewrite […]

Foreign insurance firms to be allowed into SEZs

Foreign insurers will be allowed into Special Economic Zones in January, though the exact rules governing their operations are still being discussed, said deputy finance minister U Maung Maung Thein. Companies will be selected based on their adherence to international standards, as well as their responsibility in social affairs, and will be required to have […]