Viability of infrastructure projects essential for investments

Sean Turnell, economic adviser to the State Counsellor, said the country’s macro-economy is “remarkably robust and resilient” despite the odds during the Myanmar Global Investment Forum by Euromoney held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The adviser cited the World Bank’s estimate of 6.7 percent GDP growth in 2018-19 and said that the budget deficit has […]

Companies Must Submit Annual Reports to DICA Starting February 2019

In order to understand the overall scope of investments in the country, the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) has ordered companies to submit annual reports starting from February 2019. Looking at the annual reports, DICA can determine how many companies made investments in which sectors or types of businesses during the previous year. […]

IFC, UMFCCI work to improve food safety in Myanmar

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) to help food sector companies address and improve food safety practices. Another goal is to develop the country’s agribusiness sector to increase exports, draw investments, and generate jobs. According to IFC, […]

Investments declined in 2017-18: MIC

Despite an increase in the volume of projects, total investment in value terms fell by around US$900 million in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), said in Parliament last week. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, Myanmar received $5.7 billion for 222 projects. Around $1 billion of the […]

29 industrial zones in Yangon Region to be handed over to YCDC

A total of 29 industrial zones will be placed under the control of Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), said Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. “There are a total of 29 industrial zones in Yangon Region. These industrial zones will have to be handed over to the YCDC. We are trying to upgrade regional facilities,” […]

SKT provides energy-efficient cookstoves for Myanmar

South Korea’s leading mobile operator SK Telecom said Monday it would start providing cookstoves for Myanmar’s citizens to help improve environmental conditions under a partnership with the country’s government. This year, the company will supply a total of 54,000 energy-efficient cookstoves for households who live in dry areas of the country, helping to decrease the […]

Delay in new automotive policy for Yangon alarms business groups

Two major business groups penned a letter to the commerce and transport ministries to complain about the delay in implementing the new vehicle registration system in Yangon. Vehicle distributors and dealers have been waiting for two years for a new policy. The new system was originally expected to be in place by the beginning of […]

Government strengthens aim of distributing LPG to a million households by 2020

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is aiming to supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to one million households by 2020, U Win Khine, Minister of the MOEE said at a meeting with companies involved in the import, storage, distribution and marketing of LPG last week. LPG can replace the use of electricity as a […]

PTTEP’s net profit jumps 60% from recovered oil prices & effective operation & cost management

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) reported 2017’s net profit at USD 594 million (equivalent to THB 20,579 million), soaring by more than 60% despite the impairment recognition of USD 558 million from the development plan adjustment in the Mariana Oil Sands project. Earnings Before Intereset, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) margin maintained […]

Mandalay modernises chamber in bid to draw investments

THE business chamber in Mandalay, Myanmar’s northern economic hub, is undertaking modernisation through a partnership programme with a regional chamber of commerce in Germany. The German IHK Reutlingen (Industrie und Handelskammer Reutlingen) is currently undertaking a three-year agreement with the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) to restructure the latter and modernise its […]