Yangon Stock Exchange looks for Belt and Road boost

The Yangon Stock Exchange, launched in December 2015, expects to enjoy indirect benefits from China’s Belt and Road Initiative as more Sino-Myanmar joint ventures are set up and demand for capital increases. “China is a major economic and trade partner with Myanmar. Myanmar’s enterprises need to grow together with their Chinese counterparts,” said Thet Htun […]

Fixing the Myanmar economy

Major structural overhauls have to be carried out so the country can maximise its potential for growth. Myanmar’s economy is projected by the World Bank to grow by an average of 7 percent between 2017 and 2019. Last year, GDP rose by 6.5pc. That’s among the fastest growing economies in Asia, alongside the likes of […]

Myanmar Raises the Bar

The country is opening up its economy to foreign investors. To do so, it is introducing the Myanmar Companies Bill, extending credit and lifting bans to raise confidence in its economy. The latest draft of the Myanmar Companies Bill was submitted to the Amyotha Hluttaw by Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung […]

Mechanism for Foreigners to Trade in YSX Under Way

A mechanism for foreign investors and organisations to take part in the Yangon Stock Exchange is under development, according to Myanmar Securities Exchange Centre (MSEC). Daily stock trading in Myanmar has declined significantly and the market is sluggish. In order to revive the trading activities, a system to include non-Myanmar investors from various sectors must […]

FDI companies can trade on YSX

When the new Myanmar Companies Act emerges, a system to allow companies with foreign investment to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange, will be established, said U Htay Chun, a member of Myanmar Securities Exchange Supervisory Commission to Myawady Daily newspaper, yesterday. “Foreigners are unauthorized to participate in stock trading on YSX under existing Myanmar […]

Military controlled UMEHL Among 29 Firms Changing to be Normal Companies

​​ ​​ Some 29 firms accepted as special companies under two old laws have been allowed to change to just be companies under the 1914 Myanmar Companies Act, the Ministry of Planning and Finance has said. The firms include the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (UMEHL) – the Tatmadaw’s economic arm – plus subsidiaries […]

Myanmar Set to ‘Easily’ Reach $7bn in Foreign Investment This Fiscal Year

​​ Foreign investment has reached $5.78 billion for this fiscal year so far, meaning the country is all but guar­anteed to hit its target of attracting $6 billion of in­flows, and is very likely to exceed it. U Aung Naing Oo, Di­rector General of the Di­rectorate of Investment and Company Admin­istration, indicated last week that […]

Amendments to Myanmar Companies Act up for Parliamentary Discussion

​​ RANGOON — Suggested amendments to the Myanmar Companies Act have been written and submitted by the Ministry of National Planning and Finance to the government for discussion in upcoming Union Parliament sessions. The Myanmar Companies Act was established in 1914, when Burma was under British rule. The National Planning and Finance Ministry has, in […]

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 […]