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Is Myanmar Ready to Become a Regional Trade and Supply Hub?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged to promote more than 150 quality infrastructure projects in five nations in the Mekong River subregion—Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos—under a new blueprint, the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation, which will be effective from 2019 to 2021. Japan and China are competing for influence in Southeast […]

Private equity firm casts net on Mekong region

A new private equity firm based in Phnom Penh is scouring the Mekong region for opportunities after making its first investment in the parent company of a leading Cambodian online real estate portal. Established in late 2017, Belt Road Capital Management (BRCM) has secured $50 million in committed capital from predominantly Asia-Pacific (APAC) investors and […]

IFC plans for more investments in microfinance

INTERNATIONAL Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of World Bank Group, has invested US$23.5 million (about Bt736 million) in four microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar, and is eager to invest more this year. Vanessa Vizcarra Bianchi, IFC’s lead of financial institutions advisory services for Mekong Region, said in an exclusive interview that the organisation […]

IFC to boost support for microfinance in Myanmar

INTERNATIONAL Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of World Bank Group, has invested US$23.5 million (about Bt736 million) in four microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Myanmar, and is eager to invest more this year. Vanessa Vizcarra Bianchi, IFC’s lead of financial institutions advisory services for Mekong Region, said in an exclusive interview that the organisation […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

Japanese Life Insurer With Myanmar Presence Eyes Cambodia

Japan’s Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc plans to start a life insur­ance business in Cambo­dia in 2018 and expand its US presence, its presi­dent said, in line with the firm’s strategy to boost overseas growth as in­vestment returns dimin­ish at home. Life insurers in Japan have been hit by lower re­turns with massive stimu­lus measures, aimed […]

Vietnam’s Stock Market is Set to Boom – That’s Good News For Yangon’s Bourse

​​ A few weeks ago I had the chance to spend some time exploring the Vietnamese city of Saigon – or more precisely, District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Without doubt the place is the hottest ticket in town for investors targeting the Mekong region. And it is easy to understand why. This […]

JICA loans worth Ks358bn approved

Loans from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, totalling 31.051billion yen (Ks358.39bn) were approved during the 6th Day Meeting of the 2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, 3rd Regular Session to fund the economically vital Thanlyin Bridge project that will span the Bago River, the finance ministry said. “Thanlyin Bridge No. 3 is the main one linking to the […]

ANZ’s Yangon branch wins approval

ANZ has received final regulatory approval from Myanmar’s central bank for the opening of a branch in Yangon . The decision clears the way for ANZ to open its office in Myanmar’s largest city on October 2. The new office will service multinational and joint venture companies with a presence in Myanmar, as well as […]

Myanmar launches Thilawa industrial zone

THANLYIN, MYANMAR — Dignitaries from Myanmar and Japan on Wednesday launched the first phase of a huge industrial zone on the outskirts of Yangon, as the long-isolated nation pushes to rapidly accelerate its industrialisation. Housing everything from children’s toy manufacturing to a car assembly plant and a deep-sea port, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) […]