Govt Investment Director Confident in Foreign Investment Despite Rakhine Conflict

YANGON — U Aung Naing Oo, director-general of Directorate of Investment and Company Administration under the Ministry of National Planning and Finance, talked to The Irrawaddy reporter Shwe Lay about foreign investment in Myanmar and the government’s plan to promote it. How much investment has Myanmar had over the past year? Which countries are the […]

Myanmar’s tourism industry faces challenges

Myanmar’s tourism industry has experienced a significant decline compared to previous years. To understand the causes for this development the Global New Light of Myanmar interviewed U Thet Lwin Toe, chairman of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association. Q: May I know current situation of tourism industry? The country’s tourism sector rose in 2012 like a tsunami. […]

Global economic instability drives the rubber price to decline

Rubber prices in Myanmar have declined due to global economic instability, particularly in durable goods markets and petroleum which are closely linked to rubber said U Khaing Myint, the general secretary of Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association. Since May, a tonne of Myanmar rubber sold for about US$1,400 whereas the rubber price hit US$1,800-2,000 […]

Clothing industry looks for favoured status

The Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association says it is working for MFN (most-favoured nation) status so that the CMP (cutting, making and packaging) clothing industry can receive tax reliefs. Myint Soe, chair of the association, said: “I have submitted a plan to ensure the country gets MFN status when CMP products are exported to the US. […]

International hotel chains open their doors in Myanmar

Since opening up the country, more tourists come and discover Myanmar and it is expected to grow even more. Therefore, more and more investors are seeing chances to begin their business here. That is why a lot of new hotels will open their doors as well in 2017. Since the new government, led by National […]

Myanmar Fishery Export Income Set to Double

​​ THOUGH MYANMAR’S fishery export income took a dive for three straight years until 2015, industry players hold high hopes to rebound, given the slight increase last year and the potential continuation of growth this fiscal year ending on March 31. In FY2011-12, Myanmar could generate US$705.9 million (Bt24.7 billion) from fishery exports, after dropping […]

YBS’ Nascent Progress for Yangon’s Populace

Old buses currently operating under the YBS Bus Lines System will be replaced by new buses in three months, said Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of Yangon Region’s Transport Supervision Authority. “New vehicles made in Korea and China will replace the old buses plying currently in Yangon. Air conditioning, GPS systems and other necessary equipment will […]

POSCO Daewoo launches agribusiness in Myanmar

POSCO Daewoo is launching an agribusiness venture in Myanmar as the company’s future growth engine. According to a POSCO Daewoo official, Sunday, Korea’s largest trading affiliate under POSCO group has secured construction and investment approval from the Myanmar government to build a rice processing complex (RPC) in Twante, the most accessible delta town from Yangon […]

Thilawa SEZ Receives US$900 Million in Foreign Investment

​​ RANGOON — Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township has received more than US$900 million in foreign investment since its launch in 2014, said a recent report issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). “Since the start of the operation, the SEZ has received US$903 million foreign investment,” MIC secretary U […]

Military Conglomerate Hoping for More JVs

U Hla Moe, general manager of the planning department for the military conglomerate Myanma Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL), spoke to The Myanmar Times for an exclusive interview on operating as a public company, the outlook for joint ventures with foreign firms and competing on a level playing field in Myanmar’s new economy. The military established Myanmar Economic […]