Yangon stock exchange seeks foreign investor interest

THE Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) recently had a few champagne moments with the first “real” initial public offering by a Myanmar telecom company. And even while the bubbly was still fizzing another company was eyeing a listing. And, the moment foreign investors had been waiting for is almost here. For a start, foreigners residing in […]

53 companies express interest in building Yangon’s ring road

A total of 53 local and international companies/ consortiums are interested in the 47.5-kilometre elevated ring road in Yangon, the Ministry of Construction announced on July 4. On May 18 last year, the Ministry of Construction (MOC) invited local and foreign investors to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the construction of an elevated four-lane […]

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Increasing numbers of Japanese companies are investing in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Myanmar. Of course, this SEZ is especially important for Japan because it highlights the importance of Myanmar to political elites […]

Making Myanmar an energy powerhouse

Myanmar’s national electrification process is still on hold one year after the new administration took office. The replacement of the Minister of Energy in early August showed the priority given to energy, but the government still has much to do. Myanmar will have to decide on how to solve its chronic power shortage. There are […]

Stock With Momentum: SHL Consolidated

SHL Consolidated Bhd (-ve) SHARES in SHL Consolidated Bhd (fundamental: 1.65/3, valuation: 2.4/3) triggered our momentum algorithm yesterday for the first time this year. The counter closed down two sen or 0.7% at RM2.82 yesterday, after 53,100 shares were traded, compared with its 200-day average volume of 12,602 shares. SHL’s joint-venture company (JVco) with Japan-based […]

Osaka business group to help lure firms to Japan-backed economic zone in Myanmar

The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry has agreed to help attract small and medium-size companies to the Japanese-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone near Yangon by establishing small rental factory spaces, the zone’s operator has announced. The OCCI, which is comprised of businesses around Osaka, and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce […]

Thilawa SEZ Receives US$900 Million in Foreign Investment

​​ RANGOON — Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township has received more than US$900 million in foreign investment since its launch in 2014, said a recent report issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). “Since the start of the operation, the SEZ has received US$903 million foreign investment,” MIC secretary U […]

Myanmar industrial park set to grow

YANGON — Myanmar’s first modern industrial park, developed in partnership with Japan, is due for a roughly 30% expansion as early as 2018. Building out the Thilawa industrial park is estimated to cost around 5 billion yen ($48.1 million). Opened in September 2015, the park is now 90% under contract. Construction of the park kicked […]

Japan’s Acecook to start instant noodle production in Myanmar in 2017

OSAKA — Acecook plans to begin making instant noodles in Myanmar in summer 2017. By switching from imports to local production and offering soups more akin to local tastes, the Japanese company hopes to win a 10% share of Myanmar’s growing market for instant-noodle products by 2020, selling the equivalent of 100 million servings a […]

New economic freedoms rouse Myanmar’s sleeping giant

Last week, Myanmar officials wore big smiles at the official launch of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. They were jubilant that, at last, the nation has its first international-standard SEZ, equipped with all the infrastructure a major business needs – electricity, water supply and port facilities. The project is a joint endeavour, and much of […]