Better oil and gas deals needed in the future, say experts

Efforts must be taken to lessen Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise’s (MOGE) tax burden from contracts signed with joint-venture firms to work offshore oil and gas fields, a report states. According to the “State-Owned Economic Enterprise Reform in Myanmar: The Case of Natural Resource Enterprises” report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Renaissance […]

More Singapore firms planning to invest in Myanmar in next two years

Singapore companies have big plans to expand in ASEAN over the next two years and Myanmar, with its growth potential and overall investment climate, is on the cards for many, according to a recent survey by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The survey, conducted from December 2017 to March 2018, collected views from 1036 Singapore […]

FDI has risen under the NLD: U Set Aung

Foreign direct investments (FDI) have increased under the NLD government, said U Set Aung, deputy minister for planning and finance. “The total approved FDI during the two years from April 2016 to the end of March 2018 under the current government is 16 percent of the total FDI approved during the entire period from 1988 […]

Retail and F&B spurs improved Q2 results for Singapore Myanmar Investco

Investment and management company Singapore Myanmar Investco (SMI) has reported a small pre-tax profit of US$72,000 for the second quarter to 30 September, reversing losses on the back of a strong performance from its duty free and other retail activities. For the same period last year, the group – which seeks to capitalise on consumer […]

Myanmar remains worst place in ASEAN for doing business, World Bank ranking shows

Myanmar has failed to improve its ease of doing business ranking for the third consecutive year, with the latest figures from the World Bank showing that the country remains the worst place in ASEAN to conduct business. The newly-released 2019 Doing Business rankings by the World Bank showed that Myanmar ranks 171th out of 190 […]

Myanmar to hold investment summit early next year

Myanmar will hold its first-ever investment summit in the capital city Nay Pyi Taw next year, a senior official told a press conference Tuesday. Organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the “Invest Myanmar Summit-2019” will be held in January 28-29, the first collaboration summit between the government […]

Framework for Kyaukphyu Port to be signed next week

The Myanmar government and China-based CITIC Group will sign a framework agreement for the construction of the Kyaukphyu Deep Sea Port project in Rakhine State next week, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister of commerce. “It was agreed that for the first phase, the deep sea port will be implemented with US$1.3 billion (K2.4 trillion) […]

Manufacturing key to Myanmar’s growth

Myanmar has been transitioning to a more open and market-oriented economy over the past few years. While progress has been made throughout the economy, manufacturing has witnessed rapid expansion, accounting for 15 percent of GDP in 2007 but growing to 24pc in 2017. Garment manufacturing, in particular, has grown rapidly, with exports expected to surpass […]

Fisheries sector not developing due to no funding

Investments in Myanmar’s fisheries sector are almost all from the private sector and it is time to consider more help from the government for the sake of improving domestic food security and generating more revenue from exports says U Win Kyaing, general secretary of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation. The lack of financing is one of […]

Seed Myanmar closes six-digit investment in delivery startup

Singapore-based Seed Myanmar Ventures Limited, a country-focused venture capital fund targeting early stage technology companies, has closed a six-digit round in Marathon Myanmar Company Limited, a delivery service platform. The investment values Marathon Myanmar in the seven-digit dollar range. Seed Myanmar will pick up a minority stake in the startup, which has secured its largest […]