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Two Korean Banks Hopeful of Winning Approval to Open Myanmar Branches

YANGON—Two South Korean banks involved separately in a low-income housing project and a joint industrial complex construction project in Yangon are hopeful of winning Myanmar government approval to offer banking services in the country soon. If they are granted licenses, KB Kookmin Bank, one of South Korea’s largest banks, and Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) […]

Thilawa SEZ set to benefit from east west economic corridor

The Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon is set to become a vital link in the East West Economic Corridor linking Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam says an official from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The East West Economic Corridor development project aims to link transportation and logistics networks to promote investment and […]

Economy to improve as Myanmar opens up to foreign investment

Myanmar’s economy is forecast to expand to 6.4 percent in the current fiscal year and pick up to 6.8 percent in the next, according to a report on the economy in Southeast Asia released by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) on Tuesday. The report said that the forecast for Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar seeks to establish Myanmar-India-China economic corridor

As part of efforts to make Myanmar the doorway to ASEAN door, the government will try to establish a Myanmar-India-China economic corridor, says Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. The potential for Myanmar to become a trade hub is good because of its location between two rapidly developing countries with large populations U […]

Myanmar, S’pore ink investment promotion and protection deal

YANGON—Myanmar inked an agreement with Singapore on Tuesday to promote and protect investment between the two countries, paving the way to boost trade relations. As of February, Singapore is Myanmar’s largest source of foreign investment. The city-state has invested more than US$22 billion (33.6 trillion kyats), nearly 30 percent of total foreign investment in Myanmar, […]

Tax amnesty could spell big changes for Myanmar

How would you feel if a big part of your monthly salary was taxed while your boss paid almost nothing? Or if your small business paid its tax and your competitor didn’t? Not too happy, and probably worse upon hearing the Myanmar government’s plan to offer these tax cheats an amnesty. Instead of facing penalties, […]

Growing high-end avocados for the world in Shan State

Daniel Bennett, managing director and co-founder of Shan Orchard Myanmar, reckons Myanmar is the perfect place for the company to reach its goal of growing up to 100 acres of premium Hass avocados for export. “We are interested in southern Shan, where our orchard is, because of its unique subtropical/temperate climate, which is ideal for […]

New investments in Yangon to create over 2740 jobs

Yangon Region Investment Committee allowed eight local and foreign investments which can create 2,749 jobs for locals. Yangon Region Investment Committee held its 15/2019 meeting on September 13, attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and other government officials. At the meeting, the committee granted the permit to seven foreign investments worth 6.956 […]

Taking a Quantum Leap to Revamp Myanmar’s Economy

YANGON—Since last year, Myanmar officials responsible for drumming up foreign investment have been shuttling between Naypyitaw and Asian countries to pitch the government’s latest legal, procedural, and institutional reforms to potential investors as part of efforts to revitalize the country’s economy. State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi often highlights foreign direct investment (FDI) as […]

Thandwe in Rakhine to receive international-airport status

The government has approved the upgrade of a local airport in Thandwe, Rakhine State to international status, said U Kyaw Aye Thein, Rakhine State Planning and Finance Minister. The decision was made at the Union level after the Rakhine State Government submitted the request to upgrade, he said. The authorities were responding to private sector […]