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More Singapore firms planning to invest in Myanmar in next two years

Singapore companies have big plans to expand in ASEAN over the next two years and Myanmar, with its growth potential and overall investment climate, is on the cards for many, according to a recent survey by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF). The survey, conducted from December 2017 to March 2018, collected views from 1036 Singapore […]

New dawn for remote Andaman Sea island tourism

Few have heard of the Mergui Archipelago, and even fewer have managed to visit the 400km string of scattered islands in the Bay of Bengal’s Andaman Sea. Most of the 800 offshore islands are uninhabited, apart from a few seasonal settlements of the seafaring nomadic Moken, and some Burmese fishing villages The jungle-clad limestone and […]

Myanmar remains worst place in ASEAN for doing business, World Bank ranking shows

Myanmar has failed to improve its ease of doing business ranking for the third consecutive year, with the latest figures from the World Bank showing that the country remains the worst place in ASEAN to conduct business. The newly-released 2019 Doing Business rankings by the World Bank showed that Myanmar ranks 171th out of 190 […]

Myanmar still weak in enforcing contracts, protecting minority investors

Myanmar has done undertaken two reforms to improve access to power supply and the ease of starting a local business, according to the latest report from the World Bank. However, pace of reform on most regulations affecting the private sector remain stagnant. In the newly-released World Bank’s 2019 Doing Business rankings, Myanmar ranks 171th out […]

Burmese days: Yangon monuments to the rare Chinese who made their fortunes in colonial era

Lim Chin Tsong was one of the few Chinese migrants to succeed in colonial-era Burma, now Myanmar – which the British incorporated into its much bigger possession, India, and where Chinese were subordinate to Indians, in contrast to their status in other Southeast Asian cities. “Unlike the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, […]

Southeast Asia seeks ways to protect car industry

Several Southeast Asian countries are finding ways to protect their emerging car industries from imports, after eliminating auto duties by the end of last year. Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand have introduced measures either to hinder imports or benefit local production, while Malaysia is looking at possible curbs on foreign car sales. The new trend is […]

Still no new takers in deregulated domestic fuel market

Despite the relaxation of regulations for foreign investors to enter the fuel import and distribution business in Myanmar, no new companies have entered the market over the last year, said U Thant Sin, vice chair of Supervisory Committee for Petroleum and Petroleum Product Enterprises at a press conference on October 11. Previously, the Ministry of […]

Myanmar, Japan-involved consortium to build high structure in Yangon

YANGON, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Pharmaceutical Industrial Enterprise (MPIE) and a consortium of two local Myanmar companies and a Japanese company on Saturday signed an agreement to build a high-rise structure on the land owned by MPIE in Tamway, Yangon, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The consortium, named NSKRE Residence […]

MI signs MoU with foreign insurance companies for housing projects

Myanmar Insurance (MI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan, Germany and Malaysia to cooperate on insurance services for the construction of one million housing units to be developed by the Ministry of Construction, at Myanmar Insurance on August 28. Dr Sandar Oo, Managing Director of Myanmar Insurance said: “The country needs to develop […]

Telenor Survey Shows Myanmar Women Feel Happy and Optimistic When Using Mobile Phones

A recent Telenor Group survey showed Myanmar women found happiness and optimism as one of their top feelings associated with mobile usage. The survey which was conducted in six countries; Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden and Norway; with a sample of 1,300 professional women aged 25-40 gave interesting insight into the habits and values of […]