Myanmar’s remote Wa State suffers as fewer Chinese come to party

In a remote casino in northeastern Myanmar, China’s pervasive campaign against graft has taken its toll. Hundreds of local traders and farmers place petty bets as low as 10 cents, outnumbering a few Chinese who were once the VIPs of a gambling hall decorated with chandeliers and Renaissance-style paintings. “The business has been really bad […]

Myanmar woos investments in infrastructure, transport and energy

With the recent enactment of the investment law and lifting of sanctions, Myanmar has become friendlier to foreign investment, particularly in infrastructure, transport and energy, according to its state investment agency. The Myanmar Investment Law was passed on Oct. 18 by combining the country’s foreign investment law and citizen investment law, providing income tax exemptions […]

Myanmar-Japan joint venture eyes infrastructure investment

A joint venture between Myanmar’s leading heavy machinery distributor, Myanmar Kaido Co, and Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi Corp aims to capitalise on the rapid development of the Southeast Asian country’s urban infrastructure through the rental of construction and other equipment. An opening ceremony for the joint venture, Diamond Rental Myanmar Co, 50% owned by Mitsubishi, […]

Foreign investment slumps by nearly US$ 650 million

Foreign direct investment (FDI) as of the end of November in the current fiscal year slumped by nearly US$650million when compared to the similar period last year, according to statistics released recently by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). In the same period, FDI of US$3,943.184million entered Myanmar in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, […]

Singapore and China top in FDI

Singapore and China invested the most in Myanmar as of 31 October this fiscal year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Singapore stands at the top of the list with a foreign direct investment (FDI) of US$2,529.803million from April to the end of October this fiscal year, followed by China with […]

2017 EITI Report Aims for Full Membership

Myanmar submitted its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report at the beginning of January which included reports on the oil and gas, jade, gems and mineral sectors. Hydropower sector will be included in the 2017 EITI Report, according to Myanmar EITI. Myanmar currently stands as a ‘candidate country’ within International EITI and Myanmar’s inclusion […]

Asia World sells jade, mining, toll road businesses

Asia World Company, one of Myanmar’s largest conglomerates, has restructured its business, dropping its toll road, coal-plant, petrol station and mining interests, according to a company spokesperson. The aim is to “streamline operations and improve sustainability,” said the company in a statement. Asia World is owned by US-blacklisted businessman U Htun Myint Naing, who goes […]

Chinese Jade Miners in Overdrive Ahead of New Myanmar Government

Using heavy earth-excavators and explosives, miners have been tearing into Myanmar’s northern hills in recent months, in a rush to excavate more jade from the world’s richest deposits of the gemstone before a new government takes office next year. Acres of forest have been felled, leaving behind craters, barren cliffs and a web of dirt […]

Australia’s business know how could boost Myanmar

AUSTRALIA’S expertise in agriculture, mining and education is seen playing a key role in Myanmar once Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League Democracy (NLD) takes power next year. MACQUARIE University academic Sean Turnell, an informal advisor to the NLD leadership, says agricultural reform will be a key priority once the government takes power early next […]

CB Bank chair to open industrial zone

The chair of one of Myanmar’s largest banks is turning his hand to a new sector, with a plan to open Taungoo township’s first industrial zone, which he hopes will entice hundreds of thousands of migrant workers back to the area. Chair of Co-operative Bank U Khin Maung Aye also chairs the Kaung Myanmar Aung […]