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Venturing into Myanmar: Opportunities, misconceptions and challenges

1. What are some of the latest developments in Myanmar right now? Myanmar is expected to remain an outperformer in Asia, with real GDP growth estimated at 7.1% a year in 2018/19 – 2022/23. Even though the United States lifted sanctions in October 2016, overall foreign investment has declined. The amount of foreign investment approved […]

Myotha Project Draws Investments of K150B, Developer Eyes IPO

With the Mandalay Myotha Industrial Project having attracted local and foreign investments totaling K150.5 billion so far, officials are now eyeing a public listing in the near future, said U Aung Win Khaing, chair of the project’s developer, Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development Public Co Ltd (MMID). “We are aiming for an Initial Public Offering in […]

Mandalay, gateway to India, China: US firms

To pave the way for making this a reality, a high level business delegation led by the American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar), visited Mandalay and met with government officials. Andrew Lee, a AMCHAM Myanmar Executive Committee member and Country Manager for GE said, “As the second largest city in Myanmar and with […]

‘Uncut Gem’ Myanmar a Lure for Singapore Businesses

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced during his visit to Myanmar in June that citizens from both sides will not need visas to enter each other’s country for visits of up to 30 days. Currently, Singaporeans have to apply and wait for a visa, which costs at least S$35, depending on the purpose of the […]

The Wartime Supply Road That Became Myanmar’s Thriving Trade Route

YANGON — As trucks barrel down the well-paved road between Mandalay and the southwest of China, few of the men working on the construction sites lining the road probably realize that it was once a vital wartime supply route. As Myanmar’s overland tradewith China expands, the roadis now being revived as a bustling trade artery between the two countries. In Mandalay, […]

Farmers displaced by industrial park project

It’s groundnut planting season, but U Sein Paw won’t be sowing any seeds today, or any other day. His daughter was arrested for harrowing what he still thinks of as his field, and to secure her release U Sein Paw had to sign a pledge not to work the land anymore. His former farm is […]