Parkland projects suspended pending plan

Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe told the regional parliament yesterday that the YCDC was drafting a master plan and they would only allow projects to be carried out after it is drafted. “Some companies have requested us to draft the master plan as soon as possible. The buildings must be located 30 feet away […]

Business Community: Govt Must Clarify Laws to Secure Investment

​​ RANGOON — Local and international business leaders urged the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) government to clarify the country’s laws to secure significant foreign investment. The comments were made at a forum on promoting business in Burma at the Sedona Hotel in Rangoon on Thursday organized by international media company Bloomberg and attended […]

Myanmar Business Leaders Bullish on Future Under Suu Kyi-

TOKYO — Business leaders in Myanmar are confident in the country’s future under the National League for Democracy government headed by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, although they say improvements in infrastructure and the banking sector are needed to assure growth. Speaking at a Myanmar economic forum sponsored by Nikkei Inc. in Tokyo on […]

YCDC Threaten To Take Action Against Mya Kyun Thar Developers

Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has threatened to take action against those companies who do not cease construction and resubmit their proposals on developments at parkland beside the city’s Inya Lake. U Nay Win, deputy department head of engineering (building) at YCDC, told The Myanmar Times yesterday that YCDC had instructed firms working at Mya Kyun […]

More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]

Overseas expansion plans heat up at Myanmar banks

Aya Bank plans to open representative offices overseas, while competitor KBZ Bank says it has applied to move into countries such as Japan and South Korea, in a sign that Myanmar’s banks are growing bolder in exploring overseas markets. If successful, AYA would become the second Myanmar lender to expand beyond national borders – KBZ became […]

In Burma, a Fine Line Between CSR and Karmic Cash

RANGOON — It was perhaps inevitable that Burma’s business sector would struggle with the idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR), operating in a country of high charitable giving and stark contrasts between its wealthiest and poorest citizens. At least in part, this stems from the reality that CSR, as a concept, has only caught on […]

Officials split over future of commercial projects on prime Yangon parkland

An outspoken Yangon City Development Committee member says he has ordered suspension of a number of construction projects on parkland beside the city’s Inya Lake, while the department responsible for contracting the companies says the projects are still going ahead. The decision in 2013 to allow eight companies to build commercial projects in Mya Kyun […]

Foreign business takes stock of the NLD

As Myanmar prepares itself for historic elections in November, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) encourages voters to “vote for change”, a slogan that has left investors worried about what that would mean for their businesses. The uncertainty about the NLD’s economic policy stems largely from a campaigning environment in which […]

Accor hotels set for further expansion

French hotel group Accor is set to expand its Myanmar presence with three budget properties, following its return to the country in 2013. The group will manage two properties in Yangon and one in Bagan under its Ibis brand, according to Accor’s local partner, property developer U Thant Zin Tun, a key member of Myanmar […]