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Myanmar Citizens Bank to increase SME access to finance

Yangon-listed Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB) inked an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to increase access to finance for small businesses and individuals. The IFC will provide advice to the public lender to transform and modernise its business operations to better serve small businesses. The project will be delivered over two years and will […]

How to Read a Weird Evidence-Based Yangon Consultancy Report

Yangon’s INGOs are full of consultancy reports which offer “professional” opinions about conditions in Myanmar. NGOs, INGOS, and UN agencies investigate transitions regarding democracy, environment, federalism, ethnicity and, of course, gender. These are the subjects that donors are interested in—and thus willing to pay consultant companies tens of thousands of dollars to “research.” This is […]

Daw Suu pitches Myanmar to ASEAN, vows to improve business environment

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Singapore yesterday sought to drum up investor interest in Myanmar, couching the country’s economy as “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market with innumerable investment opportunities.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was delivering her keynote speech at the 2018 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in the city state, where […]

Businesspeople Urge State Counselor to Reduce Tax And Loan Interest Rates

Leading businesspeople urged State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to reduce tax and bank loan interest rates during a meeting in the administrative capital Naypyitaw on Tuesday. Potential investors are maintaining a wait-and-see attitude and Myanmar’s economy is experiencing a slowdown, said leading builder U Maung Weik. Reducing bank loan interest and tax rates […]

Thilawa SEZ attains over US$120million FDI in two months

Over US$122million of foreign direct investments flowed into Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) so far in the current Fiscal Year 2017-2018, under previously permitted investments by Myanmar Investment Commission increasing. The investors from 16 foreign countries put investments into Thilawa.Last Fiscal Year 2016-2017 saw FDI of US$262.588million. Thilawa received FDI of nearly US$ 980million, including […]

PTTEP Plans New Asia Investment

Thailand’s largest oil and gas explorer PTT Exploration and Production Pcl (PT­TEP) is planning new in­vestments or an extension of its operations in fields in Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar, it said last Tuesday. In Thailand, state-owned PTTEP would bid to extend its concession to operate the Bangkok gas field beyond the exist­ing expiry date of […]

Siemens, MMH join hands for port operations

Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation, plans to expand its business in Myanmar by providing Myanmar’s ports with technology and solutions in cooperation with a local counterpart, Myanmar Mahar Htun Co (MMH), according to Christian Beckers, head of business development at Siemens Myanmar and Cambodia. Beckers said in […]

Yangon and Hong Kong: A forgotten tale of two cities

To many people in Hong Kong, Myanmar might sound exotic and unfamiliar. The fact remains, however, that the country, formerly known as Burma, and our city both used to be British colonies and have close ties with each other. Yangon (also known as Rangoon), Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, was once a key trading […]

Manila Water, partner propose to undertake major Yangon project

Manila Water Company Inc. and partner Mitsubishi Corp. are eyeing a large-scale project that would help reduce non-revenue water in Yangon, Myanmar. Non-revenue water refers to water produced and lost due to leaking pipes and illegal connections or because of inaccurate metering. In a statement, Manila Water said it was expecting to submit jointly with […]

Myanmar Luxury Property Hampered by Confusion Over Law on Foreign Buyers

Confusion over a law allowing foreigners to buy condominiums in Myanmar is prolonging a slowdown in its residential property sector, highlighting the challenges of regulatory flux in the frontier market. The legislation adopted in January 2016 leaves unanswered questions such as whether it applies to existing apartments, hurting efforts to woo investors. The outlook now […]