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A clouded future for e-cigarettes in Myanmar

The law is vague on the status of vaping in Myanmar, and the Ministry of Health and Sports may ban e-cigarettes before changes can be made to the relevant legislation. By YE MON and EAINT THET SU | FRONTIER THE camera pans along a row of single-use Flow e-cigarettes, each in a different coloured box […]

New law in the works to help set up Myanmar credit market

The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry is drafting a Secured Transactions Law with assistance from the International Finance Corporation, U Htun Zaw, Deputy Director General of the Financial Regulatory Department, said. The aim of the legislation is to facilitate the establishing of a modern and formal credit market through which borrowers can take loans […]

Myanmar’s draft oil and gas bill jeopardises next bidding round

Uncertainty and confusion over Myanmar’s proposed oil and gas law risk alienating existing investors and could undermine the next crucial bidding round, according to companies and experts in the sector. Time is running out for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to launch the round by the end of the year, having initially planned to […]

Are PPPs the answer to Myanmar’s financial constraints?

Public-private partnerships, or PPPs, are the latest buzzword in government circles as the National League for Democracy looks for new ways to develop infrastructure projects without straining public finances. Officials want to resuscitate the long-stalled Hanthawaddy airport project as a PPP scheme, for example, while Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told an investment forum back […]

Draft law to create trade authority, empower commerce ministry

The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has drafted a law to establish a trade development body made up entirely of cabinet ministers and empower the new authority and MoC to issue lists of restricted items and non-tariff regulations. The legislation is expected to be approved by parliament within this year and the drafting was supported by […]

No takers for gem-trading licences

No one has applied for licences to trade raw and finished gems at Mandalay’s Kyauk Wine gem market, where thousands of people trade daily, said U Maung Maung Shein, deputy general manager of Myanmar Gems Enterprise (Mandalay). Under the gems law, merchants can apply for three kinds of licences, and no one has applied for […]

Myanmar real estate service law to be enacted within three months

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will approve a real estate service law within three months, said U Tin Maung Win, chair of Transport, Communication and Construction Committee at Myanmar Real Estate Services Association annual meeting on March 23. “Although some have said that it is too early, the law will be enacted within three months if it […]

Implementation of burma’s vacant, fallow and virgin land management law: at odds with the nationwide ceasefire agreement and peace negotiations

Land rights of peoples must be protected to improve prospects for peace. The Government of Myanmar’s approach to land policy risks increasing land conflicts and exacerbating current challenges in formal peace negotiations. Civil society organizations strongly oppose implementation of the recently-amended Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law (VFV Land Law), due to well-founded fears […]

Growth in mining industry expected as investments rise

Myanmar’s mining industry is expected to expand in next year on the back of higher foreign and domestic investments. And as more permits for small-scale mining in the regions and states will be approved, mineral exports will also improve during the year, U Than Soe, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and […]

FDI in Thilawa SEZ project declines by $ 18.5 m

From April to August of the mini budget period, the foreign investments in Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project has dropped by US$ 18.5 million compared with the same period last year, according to a press conference by Myanmar Investment Commission on August 29. Than Aung Kyaw, Deputy Director of Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration […]