Promising Future to Improve Australia’s Interest in Myanmar: Chamber

​​ Although Australia’s investment in Myanmar is less than US$130 million, the country has many rooms for improvement to receive the influx of Australian investors thanks to its promising future, said Jodi Weedon, chief executive of Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce Weedon said in a recent interview that Myanmar’s recent political and economic reforms led the […]

Myanmar’s New Economic Zone Attracts Foreign Interest But Local Ire

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Looking north from Myint Win’s farm, across rice paddies and past bamboo huts, a massive new industrial development on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city gleams in the distance. The buildings sprang up during the first phase of developing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a 6,200 acre (2,500-hectare) industrial […]

More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar moved off money laundering watchlist

Inter-governmental body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Myanmar from its list of states deemed weak in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, which experts think should make international banks more comfortable doing business with the country. FATF, which counts China, the United States and India as members, released a public statement on […]

Kanbawza Bank Will Be The First Myanmar Bank to Open International Representative Office in Thailand

KANBAWZA Bank (KBZ Bank) Limited, part of the KBZ Group of companies, has officially received a licence to open a representative office in Thailand. This licence from the Bank of Thailand makes KBZ Bank the first Myanmar bank to establish a presence in Thailand, or anywhere outside Myanmar. It is the first step towards a […]

As economy booms, children toil in Myanmar

When a boat stacked with gravel moors at a jetty in Yangon, 14-year-old Aung Htet Myat fills a basket he then carries on his back to trucks that whisk the load to construction sites springing up across Myanmar’s booming biggest city. YANGON: When a boat stacked with gravel moors at a jetty in Yangon, 14-year-old […]

MIC issues ‘ominously broad’ foreign investment restriction

A directive issued at the end of March by the Myanmar Investment Commission has added an additional layer of complexity for foreign investors and granted ministries greater scope to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The notification – designated 26/2016 – adjusts the list of economic activities that require a joint venture under the Foreign Investment Law. In […]

In Burma, a Fine Line Between CSR and Karmic Cash

RANGOON — It was perhaps inevitable that Burma’s business sector would struggle with the idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR), operating in a country of high charitable giving and stark contrasts between its wealthiest and poorest citizens. At least in part, this stems from the reality that CSR, as a concept, has only caught on […]

Yangon Stock Exchange weak on corporate governance rules: observers

While globally an initial public offering usually means throwing the doors to your company wide open and letting investors poke around, industry observers say the Yangon bourse has not gone far enough on provisions for transparency. According to listing criteria published in state media last August, companies that wish to go public on Yangon’s stock […]

Wage war

Negotiations are currently being held in Rangoon which may pave the way for an official minimum wage in Burma. A workshop between employees’ representatives, international labour organisations, government officials and the parliament-appointed National Committee for National Wage (NCNW) began on Sunday at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and […]