ASEAN’s largest packaging firm to start Thilawa operations next year

Kian Joo Group, the largest packaging business in ASEAN, is investing in a packaging plant in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Construction of the plant is expected to be complete by the first quarter of next year. Malaysia-based Kian Joo is one of the biggest can manufacturers within ASEAN, manufacturing a wide range of […]

Property taxes worth less than a cup of tea

Bi-annual property taxes paid by many urban residents in Myanmar are merely worth the price of two cups of tea, according to an August study conducted by Yangon-based Renaissance Institute, which is funded by the UK, Australia and Switzerland with support from The Asia Foundation. In Yangon, the amount collected over the same period is […]

U Thein Tun picks Bagan as first hotel destination

MYANMAR businessman U Thein Tun extended his hospitality business portfolio to Bagan on September 21. The new hotel under the brand Bagan Star already has 81 rooms up and running. (U Thein Tun also owns Myanmar Consolidated Media, which publishes The Myanmar Times.) “Bagan is very attractive, with a great potential for the tourism industry […]

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project. This ambitious venture exposes India’s overseas infrastructure failings, and thus its inability to push rival China aside. Long deterred by Myanmar’s status as a military dictatorship, India has only relatively recently built substantial […]

First China-Myanmar tourism industry training course opens today in Yangon

The first China-Myanmar hotel and tourism vocational one-month course will open Thursday in Yangon, thanks to the cooperation between the embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. Teachers from Dehong Vocational College of Yunnan will instruct 30 young waiters and waitress in restaurant services. From this initial training, […]

Myanmar casts its net for a global terminal operator as port expands

Myanmar’s largest container port is in the process of bringing on a global terminal operator as majority shareholder. One of four inner-city terminals on Yangon River, Myanmar Industrial Port (MIP) handles 400,000 teu a year – about 40% of the country’s container throughput. According to chief financial officer Chris O’Connor, MIP is reviewing bids from […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Myanmar to learn from Malaysia on ease of doing business

In order to raise its rank on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, a Myanmar delegation recently visited Malaysia, which is much higher on the index, to study the situation there. Their findings will be reported to the ministries and Vice President, said U Aung Soe, director of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Team. […]

UOB puts focus on Asean investment

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK (UOB), one of the largest Asian banks, is actively engaged in bringing foreign investors to Thailand, particularly the flagship investment project in the Eastern Economic Corridor, according to its chief executive. Asked which Asean countries were now the most attractive for foreign direct investment in the eyes of UOB, Choon Hin Tan, […]

Colliers Property Report: Yangon Upper-Scale Hotel Q2 2017

Creative Solutions Needed In a Challenging Market Landscape The sizeable rise in new supply is now taking a toll on Yangon’s upper-scale hotel market. Despite previous attempts to reduce ADRs, occupancy levels continue to trend downward. Colliers recommends developers to rethink with creative strategies and focus instead on enhancing the overall experiential value. Forecast at […]