Myanmar Told to Move Now for OBOR Benefits

MYANMAR will miss out on the benefits of participation in China’s One Belt, One Road trade initiative if it doesn’t get moving now with preparations, a forum was told. Aye Lwin, a member of the Myanmar Investment Commission and the ruling National League for Democracy party’s Central Economic Committee, said Myanmar must cooperate with its […]

Myanmar workers in Thailand victims of a broken system

MYAWADDY, Myanmar: With only meagre belongings stuffed into backpacks and duffel bags, tens of thousands of Myanmar migrants have streamed home across the Thai border over the past two weeks. But it is not a joyous homecoming for the truckloads of men and women, who fled Thailand in fear of a new law that hardens […]

Minimum wage war in Myanmar

Factory owners are under pressure to raise worker wages but any dramatic rise could discourage foreign brands from investing in the low-cost nation When Myanmar passed its first minimum wage in September 2015, the legislation was widely hailed as a landmark achievement for labor rights and clear sign the country was firmly on the path […]

World’s Youngest Stock Market Struggles in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The day’s trading is about to begin on the world’s youngest stock exchange, and the MYANPIX index and opening share prices flash across an electronic screen, but barely a footfall or a voice are heard within the cavernous, colonial era building in the bustling heart of Myanmar’s commercial capital. A gilded […]

Securities Commission Says Foreigners Cannot Buy Shares This Year

NAYPYIDAW — The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) will not allow foreigners to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) this year, said Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of National Planning and Finance. Only two companies have listed on the YSX to date—First Myanmar Investment (FMI) and Myanmar Thilawa […]

Myanmar at risk of money laundering as economy grows: Observers

YANGON: Myanmar’s rapidly growing economy will benefit its people but this growth, according to observers, could increase the risk of money laundering in the country. The Asian Development Bank expects Myanmar’s economy to grow 8.4 per cent this year but if money laundering activities are allowed to go unchecked, this could erode investor confidence. The […]

Myanmar increases civil servant pay to raise living standard

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ” Myanmar is increasing the salaries of its government employees ” doubling some of them ” as of next month. The announcement by Finance Minister Win Shein was relayed Thursday on state-run television. The increases were aimed at slightly raising the standard of living of approximately 1.5 million government servants, from post […]

Govt Measures Fail to Cool Yangon’s Overheated Property Market: Experts

Property prices in Rangoon continue to soar and government measures to cool down the real estate market in Burma’s biggest city are failing to make an impact, according to property agents and economists. They said the government should revise its property tax policies in order to stop further price rises. Currently, real estate buyers can […]