Myanmar Hopes to Overtake Singapore Economically in 20 Years’ Time: Suu Kyi

SINGAPORE: Myanmar hopes to overtake Singapore’s economy in 20 years’ time and the country is hoping that Singapore will lend a helping hand, said Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday (Nov 30). Speaking at the IE Singapore’s Global Conversations business dialogue, Ms Suu Kyi, who is in Singapore for a three-day official […]

Companies Act in Government’s Sights

Now that the Myanmar Investment Law has been passed by both houses of parliament, attention turns to the new Myanmar Companies Act, which senior business sector figures say will be key in improving corporate governance. The investment law, which will combine and replace the Foreign Investment Law and the Myanmar Citizens Investment Law, was passed by […]

Transforming Myanmar’s corporate landscape – Aung Naing Oo and Winfried Wicklein

For more than a century Myanmar companies have been regulated by the colonial-era Myanmar Companies Act of 1914. The law shares similarities with company laws from other former British colonies such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong – yet while they have updated their laws to reflect the realities of modern businesses, the Myanmar Companies […]

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 […]

Transforming Myanmar’s corporate landscape

For more than a century Myanmar companies have been regulated by the colonial-era Myanmar Companies Act of 1914. The law shares similarities with company laws from other former British colonies such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong – yet while they have updated their laws to reflect the realities of modern businesses, the Myanmar Companies […]

Securities Commission Says Foreigners Cannot Buy Shares This Year

NAYPYIDAW — The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) will not allow foreigners to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) this year, said Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of National Planning and Finance. Only two companies have listed on the YSX to date—First Myanmar Investment (FMI) and Myanmar Thilawa […]

New Companies Act to relieve some burdens on SMEs

The upgraded Myanmar companies act will remove some burdens on small and medium enterprises, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA). “We have upgraded some of the provisions (of the existing Myanmar companies act) to be in line with the current situations and to help promote the SMEs and small companies in […]

Rumors of Foreign Investors Soon Accessing YSX Quashed

RANGOON — Foreign investors will be unable to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) as long as the Myanmar Companies Act is not amended, a senior YSX official said, dispelling rumors that shares trading would open up to foreigners this week. Earlier this week, misleading news apparently spread after Maung Maung Win, chair […]

Yangon stock exchange to open to foreign investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar is preparing to allow foreign investors to access the new Yangon Stock Exchange and for local-foreign joint ventures to list, chair U Maung Maung Win said. An “appropriate” number of joint venture companies will be given permission to go public as soon as the new Myanmar Companies Act […]

YSX needs institutional investors, say industry figures

The Yangon Stock Exchange needs larger and more experienced investors to start trading as its current buyers lack experience, industry sources said at an Oxford Business Group capital market debate last week. The individual traders dominating the new bourse – also called retail investors – are poor at assessing a company’s financial health, analysing cash […]