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Hayman Capital receives US$2 million debt capital from Symbiotics SA

5th February 2019, Yangon. Hayman Capital Co., Ltd has signed US$2 million term loan from a Switzerland social impact investor, Symbiotics SA. All regulatory approvals from the Central Bank of Myanmar and the Financial Regulatory Department of the Ministry of Planning and Finance have been received and the fund has been disbursed to support the […]

Foreign insurance firms can give Myanmar’s lagging insurance market a much-needed boost

It has been a long time coming, but foreign insurance companies will soon be able to operate in Myanmar. Plans to liberalise the insurance market in this way were first announced in 2011. But only now has the government given the regulations the go-ahead. It is too late for those companies that left after becoming […]

EoI, RfP for insurance services invited

Foreign insurance companies which want to provide insurance services, can get Expression of Interest (EoI) and Request for Proposal (RfP), at www.frd.gov.com, an official website of Financial Regulatory Department at Ministry of Planning and Finance. The ministry issued the statement dated January 2, allowing the foreign insurance companies to offer insurance services in the country. […]

Reset capital market, allow foreign competition to unleash growth: leaders

Foreign investor interest in Myanmar appears to be waning at a time when the global economy is losing momentum, if recent data is anything go by. As such, a hard reset of the local capital market is needed to ensure the business environment remains friendly to existing firms and entrepreneurs, as their survival and growth […]

Foreign insurance firms may start operations by April 2019: regulator

Qualified foreign insurance providers will receive licenses to operate in Myanmar by April next year. “I can assure it is happening within the next 16 weeks,” U Thant Sin, Director of the Financial Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance, said during the UK Capital Market and Insurance Conference in Yangon on December […]

Insurance industry progressing at slow pace, foreign competition needed: AMI

It has been five years since the government first allowed private insurance businesses to offer their services in Myanmar in 2013. But further liberalisation is needed and the authorities have been saying they are close to allowing foreign insurance providers to operate domestically. In August, U Zaw Naing, secretary of the Insurance Business Regulatory Board […]

Illegal trade takes a heavy toll on country’s economy

Smuggling and illegal trade continue to be a major problems for the country’s economy, says the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). According to the Business Sentiment Survey issued by UMFCCI in May, illegal trade stands at sixth among the top 10 issues hampering the country’s economy. The survey was […]

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. […]

National Planning Law Expects Highest Growth in Telecom, Industrial, Financial Sectors

Amid a slowing economy and complaints from the business community, Myanmar’s parliament has approved a National Planning Law for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which expects to see the highest growth rate in the country’s telecommunications, industrial and financial sectors. On Wednesday, President U Win Myint signed the bill with the approval of the Union Parliament […]

New city project by Chinese firm raises hackles in Kayin

The Kayin State Border Guard Force and Jilin Yatai Group of China launched the Shwe Kokko new city project in Myawady township in the first week of August over the objections of local residents. The residents are worried that the project’s gambling houses and entertainment establishments could have a corrupting influence on young people, and […]