Government reveals plans to build first modern oil refinery in Myanmar

State-owned Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise (MPE) is planning to build a new oil refinery near an existing state-run facility in Magwe Region, Daw Yin Yin Aung, deputy director of MPE, told The Myanmar Times. The government intends for the project to be implemented in cooperation with the private sector under a Public Private Partnership, in line […]

Price, quality of domestic petrol and diesel under scrutiny in Yangon

Private petrol stations in Yangon are selling around 270,000 gallons of petrol and 150,000 gallons of diesel at spot prices on a daily basis, U Han Htoon, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Energy said in the Yangon Parliament this week. Concerns over higher petrol and diesel prices are rising as global oil prices have […]

Myanmar: Timber export earnings well down on previous years

U Khin Maung Kyi, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, has been quoted as saying income from timber exports and domestic trade will exceed the US$90 mil. in fiscal 2017-18 target which ends 31 March 2018. This represents a considerable decline from past years. The value of wood product […]

Myanmar goods seek to penetrate int’l market through Canton Fair

YANGON, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will seek to penetrate international market through exhibition of its goods at the upcoming 123rd Spring Canton Fair of China, the official Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the Ministry of Commerce as saying Tuesday. “Participating in the trade fair can not only prevent illegal trading but can promote […]

Government Orders Cut in Teak Production, Bans Private Timber Operations

YANGON — The government has ordered timber production be reduced by 40 percent in the 2017-18 fiscal year, while banning private timber operations altogether, according to the Naypyitaw Forestry Department. The department will oversee the production of only 15,000 tons of teak and 350,000 tons of hardwood from forests across the country. According to the […]

New self-assessment system for car imports to apply from 2018 onwards

Customs will practice a new car importing system under which import valuations for cars will change this year. As such, car importers should ensure they are clear about the new system, said U Soe Tun, chair of Myanmar Automobile Manufacturers and Distributors Association (MAMDA). Up until 2017, imported car prices were based on the Cost, […]

South Korea to build $98 million logistics hub in Yangon

South Korea has invested $98 million to construct a logistics hub at Shwe Lin Ban Industrial Zone in Hlaing Thar Yar township, Yangon region. The move is touted to be vital to promoting Myanmar’s exports. HUBS MK Co Ltd from South Korea and Myanmar Trade Promotion Organisation under the Ministry of Commerce signed a memorandum […]

Kyat Hits Strongest Level Against Dollar in Over a Year

The Myanmar kyat appreciated to its strongest level against the US dollar in a year after the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) set its daily reference rate at K1,345 per dollar on Tuesday. The kyat had weakened to K1,360 against the dollar last year. It opened this year at K1,361. The kyat hit a record […]

Beans and Pulses Traders Hopeful to Tap China Market

​​ Beans and pulses produced in Myanmar have long relied on the Indian market, but the industry has started broadening their horizons to another giant market – China, said U Aung Soe, director general from Myanmar’s Trade Promotion Organisation under the Ministry of Commerce. A delegation, which consists of officials from the ministry and nine companies […]

Garment Industry Must Raise Value Proposition to Stay Sustainable

2017 was a strong year for the garment export sector. During the seven months between April and November, some $1.5 billion worth of garment products were shipped out of Myanmar, bound for warehouses owned by the likes of Uniqlo and Primark in Japan and Europe, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The pace of […]