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MIC to accelerate approvals for labour-intensive, healthcare investments

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) will accelerate approvals for investments in labour-intensive and infrastructure projects, MIC secretary U Thant Sin Lwin said last week. This is to ensure as many workers find jobs as possible to offset the impact of lay-offs in other sectors such as manufacturing and tourism. The MIC will also accelerate approvals […]

MIC halves application fees for investors as coronavirus bites

Investors who wish to apply for permission to invest in the country will enjoy a 50 percent discount on application fees, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) announced on April 9. This includes both Myanmar and foreign investors, the MIC said. The new fee structure will take effect from April 20 onwards and remain effective until […]

Govt expands list of relief measures for businesses, investors

The government has been rolling out a slew of relief measures to help ease the pain for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and keep investors interested in Myanmar. In an April 11 directive, the Ministry of Commerce exempted traders from import license fees for all medicines and medicinal raw materials. There were two precedents […]

Yangon Investment Forum suspended due to virus fear

Yangon Investment Forum which is scheduled for February is suspended due to the spreading of coronavirus, said U Thant Zin Lwin, Secretary of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) The investment forums are scheduled to take place in Yangon, Sagaing, and Bago Regions during this year. Currently, there is no plan to suspend Sagaing Investment Forum scheduled […]

Foreign investment inflows to double: Myanmar govt

Approved foreign direct investment (FDI) into Myanmar is expected to grow this year, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) says. Already, approved FDI into Myanmar in the first three months of fiscal year 2019-20 is double what it was in the same period in the previous fiscal year, the commission said. “Currently, FDI in the country […]

Myanmar falls short of FDI target this year, but outlook is positive

Despite government efforts to hit its foreign direct investment (FDI) estimate of $5.8 billion during fiscal 2018-19, investors channeled just $4.1 billion into Myanmar, 70 percent of the original target, between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. But U Thant Sin Lwin, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) and […]

Approval of Investment Limits can be Raised, Official says

The investment commissions of regions and states can apply to raise the maximum investments they can approve if required, says a senior official. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Aung Naing Oo said, if the investments are for development, the regional and state investment commissions can ask to have […]

Project to bring changes to Sittwe’s waterfront by next year

A mixed development waterfront project on along the Kaladan River in Sittwe, Rakhine is now 90 percent done and is expected to be complete by the middle of next year, Steve Park, CEO of Korean developer BXT International Co, told Myanmar Times. The remaining work involves the completion of roads, drains and power grids at […]

Trade War Could be ‘Silver Lining’ for Myanmar

Myanmar has to move to tap into opportunities created by trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies, said a senior Singaporean academic. The US-China trade war has provided “silver linings” for many countries, such as Vietnam. in the Southeast Asia region, said Simon Tay, Chairman of Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), in the […]

Philanthropy not legally required for investors: DICA

The government does not oblige the private sector to make philanthropic donations when doing business in Myanmar, a senior official has clarified. U Thant Sin Lwin, head of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said that neither the Investment Law nor the Myanmar Investment Commission requires investors – foreign or local – to […]