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Myanmar tourism rolls out red carpet

The first tourists from Japan, South Korea and China to take advantage of Myanmar’s easing of visa rules enjoyed a VIP welcome at Yangon Airport Wednesday. A celebration at the airport welcomed travellers flying in from Japan and Korea, who were among the first to enjoy a visa-free privilege that was introduced on Monday. The […]

Rise in consumer spending drives City Mart’s digital transformation

THANKS TO THE significant rise in Myanmar’s consumer spending last year, City Mart Holdings Limited (CMHL), the nation’s top retailer, has embarked on virtualising its digital infrastructure in cooperation with VMware Inc, a global enterprise software provider. Arnel Redondo Reyes, head of information technology at CMHL, said at a press conference on Thursday that the […]

As industry opens up, Capstone Education finds niche in Myanmar market

Ko Thaw Zin Aung Gyi and Ko Aung Tun Lin, the founding partners of Capstone Education, a local education consultancy, saw the need to invest in Myanmar education long before authorities finally permitted full foreign capital investments in the industry on April 20. Locally schooled but having qualified to study abroad at Ivy League universities, […]

NongHyup Financial and HTOO Group to start financing service in Myanmar in July

South Korea’s NongHyup Financial Group Inc. together with Myanmar’s HTOO Group will start a financial service for farming equipment businesses in the Southeast Asian country in the second half with this year, the company said Sunday. Two parties had signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on setting up a financial service business for the […]

My Aura sidesteps start-up obstacles, builds beauty business

Dr Hnin Leh Khin, founder of My Aura Aesthetic Clinic, first noticed the growing number of local women with rosier lips, thicker lashes and bolder eyebrows in 2012, when make-up went mainstream in Myanmar. “That’s when I knew that beauty would be big business in this country and decided that I wanted to build my […]

TGG Takara Gaming Group Enters South-East Asia Market

TGG Takara Gaming Group, the world’s first open-source gaming platform, is entering the south-east Asia market with two leading casino groups in the region – Golden Crown and Superrich the Best Casino. The growth in casino gaming in south-east Asia over the last few years has reached record highs with research data showing that the […]

Businesses demand quicker reforms, policy clarity in 2018

After a somewhat “disappointing” 2017 for the private sector, during which key economic legislation failed to take shape as expected, leading businessmen and chambers of commerce have urged Nay Pyi Taw to be more decisive and efficient in implementing reform in 2018. Moving forward, the business community wants to see stronger leadership and direction from […]

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 […]