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Thai event firm prioritises Myanmar in its overseas expansion

Despite the reluctance of many foreign companies to invest large amount of money in Myanmar in fear of policy uncertainty, Index Creative Village Plc is expanding its business in the country, according to Kreingkrai Mek Kanjanapokin, founder and Group CEO of the company. “We are focused 100 per cent on Myanmar because it is the […]

Aik Htun: Driver turned Tycoon

For the owner of a business of any size, integrity is key. This is the principle that has brought U Aik Htun, one of the richest businessmen in Myanmar, through ups and downs. “The biggest secret of success is honesty and integrity,” said U Aik Htun, chair of conglomerate Shwe Taung Group, speaking in fluent […]

Colliers Property Report – Yangon Service Apartment Q3 2018

SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS Since Q4 2017, no new projects were introduced. During the past four quarters, Yangon only witnessed renovation and expansion initiatives from the already existing developments. In turn, as at the end of Q3 2018, the citywide occupancy rate managed to rise above 84%. Conversely, rental rates across all unit categories have marginally […]

Colliers Property Report : Yangon Office 3Q2018

Summary & Recommendations Given the absence of new project completions, the citywide occupancy rate further inched up as at the end of Q3 2018. Meanwhile, the net absorption rate at the end of the quarter is only half the amount recorded from the same period last year. Looking ahead, we expect office demand to increase […]

Lack of retail offerings in Myanmar yields growth opportunities for investors

Demand for retail space has been on the rise in Yangon, where the population has swelled and living standards are improving. Earlier this year, the government also permitted foreign ownership of local wholesalers and retailers and last month allowed businesses in the sector to trade in a total of 24 products. Ko Nay Min Thu, […]

Collier Property Report – Yangon Retail Q4 2017

A Focus on Tenant Diversity The retail sector closed 2017 with a high occupancy rate of 95%. Average lease rates continued to grow at a high single digit year-on-year. Growth is seen to continue albeit at a somewhat modest pace. In the meantime, we expect developers to continually improve their offerings. Besides adopting modern global […]

Collier Property Report – Yangon Office Q4 2017

Competition Exerts Downward Rental Correction There has been a pronounced correction in headline rents. Given the increase in competition and the entry of better-quality projects, landlords are now willing to lower prices to reasonable levels. In fact, older offices, which previously commanded premium rates, have begun adjusting rents appropriate to their quality and offerings. Meanwhile, […]

Real Estate Sector to Pick up on Back of Foreign Demand

Demand in the Myanmar real estate market is expected to pick up in 2018 now that the rules to the new Condominium Law have been released. Under the new rules, property investments by foreigners are expected to spike, said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. The rules, which were released in […]

Singapore Myanmar Investco reports encouraging initial retail results at Yangon International Airport

Singapore Myanmar Investco Limited has reported revenue of US$13.3 million in its travel and fashion retail segment for the year ended 31 March 2017. Subsidiary SMI Retail only began duty free operations at Yangon International Airport in September 2016, meaning there is little meaningful basis for year-on-year comparison. The company was awarded contracts for duty […]

Urban Landscape: Yangon — A Missed Investment Opportunity?

WE were fortunate to be among the first real estate consultants to do business in Myanmar. Since 2012, we have seen a rapid transformation of the urban landscape in Yangon. During a recent trip to conclude a consultancy work for a Japanese client, we are glad to see some of our earlier consulting work completed […]