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FDI needed for undeveloped regions but no plans for tax incentives

Although more foreign direct investments (FDI) are needed for the undeveloped Regions and States, there are no plans to revise current tax relief scheme as yet, said U Thant Sin Maung, acting director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). U Thant Sin Maung was responding to requests for tax incentives from […]

Trade laws protecting local producers now being drafted: MOC

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) is drafting new trade laws to safeguard local producers while promoting exports of domestically-produced goods, Minister of Commerce U Than Myint said. Due to the lack of investments and technology, Myanmar producers face stiff competition from their regional peers, who are able to manufacture at faster speeds and lower costs […]

More investments needed for expansion in food-processing industry

The Myanmar processed food industry needs more investment support in order to develop further, U Aye Win, chair of the Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association, told The Myanmar Times. Currently, Myanmar processes basic raw commodities such as rice, beans, maize and other agricultural products. Excess products are exported. However, the country also imports value-added […]

Myanmar should develop domestic production to grow local economy: Czech Republic

Myanmar should enhance domestic production and develop its local markets, says Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, during a talk entitled “Economic Transition: The Czech Experience and its Relevance for Myanmar” last week. In sharing appropriate approaches with Myanmar, Mr Tlapa said Myanmar should enhance the production of domestic products […]

Asia World Sees Myanmar’s New Concrete Road as Catalyst and Confidence Booster for Investments Into Rakhine

The Asia World Foundation said today that a new, all-weather 54-kilometer concrete road will serve as a major confidence booster and catalyst for direct investments in Rakhine State which today kicked off a three-day investment fair that was inaugurated by Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The Foundation of the Asia World Group, […]

Foreign business leaders join call for investments in Myanmar

The leaders of seven foreign business groups in Yangon have signed an open letter calling on investors abroad to put their money in Myanmar, stressing the critical role foreign direct investment (FDI) plays in the country’s transition. “Having been in isolation for so long, Myanmar now requires the broad regeneration of its economy to meet […]

Koreans launch new Chamber of Commerce, targets more investments

The Myanmar Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MKCCI) launched on December 22 became the latest business group to formally open its doors in the country. The organisation aims to support investments and businesses from the two countries and to boost Myanmar’s economic growth, said Tong Soo Chung, MKCCI’s chair, during the launch. There are […]

Prospects for oil and gas in 2019

A new draft of the petroleum law has been tabled. After the bill is amended, Hluttaw will enact in. However, before in comes into force, it can be amended if the people provide suggestions. Will the new law be effective in the case of the oil block tenders that will be called soon and for […]

World Bank downgrades Myanmar’s GDP forecast, flags rising risks

Myanmar is forecast to grow at a slower pace of 6.2 percent this year compared with 6.8pc in the previous year, according to a report by the World Bank released yesterday. While prospects for the economy are positive over the longer term, the risks to growth for the coming year have also risen. In that […]

Mining applications flow in, but few are complete

Over 1000 applications have been received for mining blocks since July, according to U Min Min Oo, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) at the 4th annual general meeting of Myanmar Federation of Mining Association held last week. However, only 193 of all the applications received are complete, he […]