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Passenger traffic inches up at Yangon airport

Myanmar’s biggest airport has seen a passenger increase of more than 6 percent over the last 12 months, the operator said. The increase in passengers was a result of the addition of new routes – mainly from the Chinese market – according to Yangon Aerodrome Company, operator of Yangon International Airport. Passenger traffic at the […]

Vehicles at the forefront of Myanmar’s drive for industrial growth

Toyota is developing an assembly plant in Myanmar,signaling strong growth prospects in the local market as the country looks to expand its manufacturing output. In late May the Japanese carmaker announced it will establish its first vehicle assembly plant in the country, in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) just outside of Yangon. Once it […]

Influx of Japanese car parts companies expected in Yangon

More Japanese car parts companies are expected to enter Myanmar to meet demand from existing automobile manufacturers with facilities in Thilawa Special Economic Zone, said Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Ichiro Maruyama. Japanese car maker Suzuki currently operates a car assembly plant in Thilawa, while Toyota will begin operations at the SEZ in 2021, Mr […]

Japanese demand for local gold trinkets on the rise

The Japanese penchant for certain gold and jewellery motifs with cultural significance have seen some US$33,000 worth of such items exported to Japan in the month of August to-date. According to the Yangon Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association chair U Myo Myint, the jewellery pieces, 46 in total, included gemstones embedded in gold. “This is the […]

Japanese boost medical techs in Myanmar

The Ministry of Health and Sports has announced an initiative to boost local skills in medical engineering. The project, which is being implemented with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will run through April 2023 at the University of Medical Technology, Yangon, according to a senior official of the university’s Human Resources […]

Yoma Strategic in $26.6m share deal with Tokyo Century to grow Myanmar vehicle leasing business

Mainboard-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings said on Monday (April 22) that Japanese leasing company Tokyo Century Corporation will acquire a 20 per cent stake in its subsidiary Yoma Fleet for $26.6 million by way of newly issued shares. Upon satisfaction of certain conditions to complete the subscription of new shares by Tokyo Century, Yoma Strategic will […]

Japan to help Yangon tackle refuse

Japan will help Myanmar tackle a refuse issue that has created a headache for its largest city of Yangon, NHK world reported. Yangon has been struggling with huge piles of rubbish left behind at sites on its outskirts. These sites are close to reaching their capacities. The problems range from foul odours and other types […]

Hyundai joins fray in Myanmar’s crowded auto market

Myanmar’s restrictions on imported vehicles are pressing foreign automakers to switch to local production, adding pressure to a crowded field in Southeast Asia’s last promising growth market. Last week, South Korea’s Hyundai Motor marked the opening of a new contract manufacturing facility in Myanmar by launching its first locally made cars. That makes it one […]

Corporate Japan urges Myanmar to address business concerns

The most senior Japanese business leader in Myanmar urged the government to recognise how liberalisation, efficient bureaucracy and reliable power supply allowed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract considerable investments. He also warned that current restrictions placed on foreign firms in the retail and wholesale sector are already “the maximum” but commended the ministry’s […]

Southeast Asia seeks ways to protect car industry

Several Southeast Asian countries are finding ways to protect their emerging car industries from imports, after eliminating auto duties by the end of last year. Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand have introduced measures either to hinder imports or benefit local production, while Malaysia is looking at possible curbs on foreign car sales. The new trend is […]