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Exodus of workers grows as living costs rise in Myanmar

Despite a 30 percent hike in the daily minimum wage last year, the soaring cost of living in Myanmar is driving workers abroad for better incomes. More recently, a growing number are leaving the country illegally, braving life-threatening conditions and risking deportation to find better paying jobs in neighbouring Thailand and farther south in Malaysia. […]

President’s Office requested to investigate Civil Service Board’s connection with Bogus Universities

A complaint was submitted to the President’s Office on Tuesday, calling for an investigation into the Union Civil Service Board (UCSB) over its ties with two unaccredited foreign universities. The UCSB, a government agency responsible for recruiting and training civil servants, worked with Hawaii-based Akamai University and an affiliate institution in Malaysia, EDS Business School, […]

Hyundai joins fray in Myanmar’s crowded auto market

Myanmar’s restrictions on imported vehicles are pressing foreign automakers to switch to local production, adding pressure to a crowded field in Southeast Asia’s last promising growth market. Last week, South Korea’s Hyundai Motor marked the opening of a new contract manufacturing facility in Myanmar by launching its first locally made cars. That makes it one […]

Deloitte Southeast Asia Announces New Leadership for Myanmar and Singapore

Deloitte Southeast Asia has announced that Aye Cho and Cheung Pui Yuen have been appointed as Country Managing Partners for the Myanmar and Singapore practices respectively. They have taken on their new roles starting on 1 January 2019. Aye Cho has succeeded Soe Win who retired from Deloitte Myanmar as its Country Managing Partner earlier […]

Vietnam’s Viettel seeks to double Myanmar customer base – CEO

Vietnam’s largest telecommunication company, Viettel, is seeking to double its five million subscribers in Myanmar by the end of the year, its president and chief executive officer Le Dang Dung told Reuters an in interview on Friday. Viettel, whose $1.22 billion unit Viettel Global Investment is trading on the Unlisted Public Company Market, has also […]

Awra Trading Co to supply LPG as petrol alternative in Yangon

Awra Trading Co Ltd will start supplying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as an alternative to petrol in Yangon, said chair U Kyaw Myo Naing. On December 16, the local company launched its LPG Auto Gas Filling Station & LPG Conversion Kit Installation Center in Shwe Pauk Kan Industrial Zone, Yangon. “We are expanding and now […]

Parami Energy to invest US$25m for LPG distribution

Parami Energy will accelerate the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) next year, CEO U Pyi Wa Tun said yesterday. He said in a press conference that starting from December 12, 150,000 Parami LPG cylinders will be distributed in the market and before April 2019, 50pc of the LPG cylinders will be distributed in Yangon […]

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 […]