Myanmar launches investment promotion plan amid toughening conditions

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) on October 8 launched its Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP) for the time frame between 2016-17 and 2035-36. The plan outlines five strategies to actively promote investments in the local economy, including new policies and regulations, institutional development, infrastructure development and leveraging on local business systems, industries and human resources. […]

Starbucks Suspends Move to Myanmar

Starbuck was plaining to open their first coffee shop in Myanmar, they have temporary suspended the operation with DICA, they plan to inform DICA about their future plans to open the store. “They filed the suspension a week ago which is only a temporarily suspension considering the situation of the world economy,’’ U Than Aung […]

Five sectors driving Myanmar’s economic growth in 2018-19

Myanmar’s economy has taken a beating in recent quarters, with a rising number of companies reporting tougher business conditions and a slowdown in market demand. One of the main reasons is the rising foreign exchange rate. Despite a slew of measures taken by the Central Bank, which included pumping millions of dollars from its reserves […]

Investments declined in 2017-18: MIC

Despite an increase in the volume of projects, total investment in value terms fell by around US$900 million in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), said in Parliament last week. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, Myanmar received $5.7 billion for 222 projects. Around $1 billion of the […]

UMFCCI suggests four points for the country’s economy

Zaw Min Win, President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) submitted the four-point suggestion to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. On August 27, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held a talk with local entrepreneurs at Nay Pyi Taw. The four points are: export promotion, […]

DICA releases additional guidelines for education investments

The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has released a list of additional guidelines and specifications to structure developments in the Myanmar education sector. The list, which was announced by DICA on August 10, includes a total of 17 points and comes four months after the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) on April 20 issued […]

Myanmar allows up to 80% of foreign investment in agriculture sector

Foreign businesses have been allowed to invest up to 80 percent in Myanmar’s agriculture sector instead of 49 percent, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). “Previously, the agriculture sector seemed to protect local businesses. At that time, a foreigner was allowed to invest 40 percent while a national had the chance to invest 51 percent. […]

Company admin obligations to be simplified under the law

When the Myanmar Companies Law is enforced come August 1, firms will no longer need to submit physical copies of original documents to the authorities as a digital online system will be used going forward,” said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) […]

Zay Kabar Company in row with squatters

Zay Kabar Company, a local conglomerate with interests in construction and telecommunications, will continue to take action against squatters who trespass on land which it has earmarked for development. On July 28, conflict arose between squatters and employees of Zay Kabar Company after the latter removed tents that were built on private land which had […]

Yangon firm “implements” Bago industrial park without known EIA

Yangon-based Hantharwady Development Public Company has begun the implementation of the proposed industrial park in Bago Region but The Myanmar Times could not find any environmental assessment or approval regarding the project, which is required by law. Bago’s regional government has released its investment report for the last two years on July 20. A domestic […]