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Mineral exports decrease 24% in Q1

Mineral exports between Myanmar and overseas trade partners were valued at US$296 million in fiscal year 2018-2019, down by $95 million or 24.4 per cent, as against the same period in the last 2017-2018 FY, the Ministry of Commerce reported. For the same period during the last FY, mineral exports totalled $392.159 million, with $303 […]

Sino-Myanmar border trade falls by $562 mln in Q1

The value of Sino-Myanmar border trade between 1 October and 4 January totalled US$1.24 billion, a decrease of $562.8 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to data from the Ministry of Commerce. Border trade stood at $1.8 billion in the same period of the 2017-2018 fiscal. The drop in […]

Fishery exports fetch $173 mln in current fiscal year

Myanmar’s exports of fishery products between 1 October and 7 December totalled about US$173 million, an increase of $29.6 million compared with the same period last year, according to statistics released by the Commerce Ministry. Fishery exports at the Thai-Myanmar border points of Myawady, Kawthoung, and Myeik registered an increase in the first two months […]

Better oil and gas deals needed in the future, say experts

Efforts must be taken to lessen Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise’s (MOGE) tax burden from contracts signed with joint-venture firms to work offshore oil and gas fields, a report states. According to the “State-Owned Economic Enterprise Reform in Myanmar: The Case of Natural Resource Enterprises” report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Renaissance […]

Ministry of Commerce Eyeing Mango Exports to the EU

European market, which receives 40 percent of the world’s mango exports, are interested to importing mangos from Myanmar. Therefore, the Ministry of Commerce and local traders are working to export mangos to the E.U. on a large scale. Sein Ta Lone mangos from Myat Yadanar Mango Plantation in Southern Shan State were exported to Munich, […]

What to expect from Myanmar’s top five export sectors

Even though Myanmar managed to bring down its trade deficit by US$500 million to $1.3 billion during the period between April 1 and September 30 from the same period last year, the volatile exchange rate and rising oil prices may well continue to drive up import costs in the coming months. U Yan Naing Tun, […]

Myanmar eyes e-commerce for jobs, trade and economic growth

Government officials, donors and partners have met to consider the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s appraisal of how e-commerce can boost Myanmar’s economy and the next steps forward. The power of e-commerce to create jobs and increase trade in Myanmar was in the spotlight on 30 October, as government officials, development partners, […]

Confusion emerges after foreign liquor ban

At a liquor store in downtown Yangon, bottles of whisky and wine are on display. Upon closer inspection, one soon notices that wines from Argentina to New Zealand are for sale, but only whiskies made locally are available. “Foreign liquors are not on display because we are not allowed to sell them,” the sales assistant […]

Four retail-wholesale JVs permitted to operate

Six months after allowing foreign investors to register and participate in the domestic retail and wholesale sector in May, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has so far permitted four joint ventures between foreign and local investors Under notification 25/2018 issued on May 9, the MOC allowed 100 percent foreign-owned businesses to operate in the retail […]

Growth in mining industry expected as investments rise

Myanmar’s mining industry is expected to expand in next year on the back of higher foreign and domestic investments. And as more permits for small-scale mining in the regions and states will be approved, mineral exports will also improve during the year, U Than Soe, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and […]