Statement categorically opposes dam construction in Thanlwin River

A statement has been issued over the press conference on a documentary video titled “Let’s save the Thanlwin River for future greening held at Orchid Hotel in Yangon on Tuesday. The statement strongly opposes dam construction in the Thanlwin River in Kayinni (Kayah) State, Shan State and Kayin State as it can wipe out biodiversity, […]

TVP invests in FMR to tap into Japanese clientele

Local financial advisory Trust Venture Partners (TVP) will make a minority investment into business information firm Frontier Myanmar Research (FMR). TVP will exclusively distribute FMR’s subscription services on energy, financial services, real estate and transport infrastructure to Japanese clients, for whom TVP acts as a market entry point into Myanmar. The two companies will also […]

As the West isolates Myanmar, some investors dig in for the long term

YANGON/BANGKOK — A full generation has grown up since the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) of Senior Gen. Saw Maung seized power on Sept. 18, 1988, putting a bloody end to a nationwide pro-democracy uprising that lasted some six weeks. An estimated 3,000 people died in the crackdown, which re-established direct military rule […]

FDI in Thilawa SEZ project declines by $ 18.5 m

From April to August of the mini budget period, the foreign investments in Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project has dropped by US$ 18.5 million compared with the same period last year, according to a press conference by Myanmar Investment Commission on August 29. Than Aung Kyaw, Deputy Director of Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration […]

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 […]

Ministry issues notice to proceed for Deedoke hydro project

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a notice to proceed to the developers of the 60-megawatt Deedoke hydropower project in Mandalay Region. Ministry officials signed the notice with the developers – Andritz of Austria, Kansai of Japan and High Tech Construction Trust, which is a subsidiary of Myanmar’s Shwe Taung Group – at […]

Waiting for Godot: farmers seek return of seized land

Farmers in Myanmar are still waiting for justice as many of their lands were confiscated by government officials, military personnel, authorities and their cronies for various reasons, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” […]

Systematic housing market to create opportunities for investors: Yangon Chief Minister

Despite reports that apartment sales are stale, a market is being formed in which hundreds of thousands of people are in need of housing, and systematic housing construction will create opportunities for local and foreign investors, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. He made the remark during a housing finance workshop held in […]

IFC, YCDC to improve construction permit system

The International Financial Corporation (IFC) the sister organisation of the World Bank, is partnering with the Yangon City Development Committee(YCDC) to reform the city’s construction permit system and optimise the role of the private firms. “The goal of this partnership with IFC is to streamline and automate Yangon’s construction permit process by June 2019. This […]

MTSH sees heavy trading on higher Japanese investments

Despite high trading volume on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) last week, the Myanmar Stock Price Index closed Friday at 452.80, languishing near its lowest levels since the bourse went live in 2016. More than 78,000 shares exchanged hands during the week, the most in a single week for months. Most of the trading involved […]