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Bankers seek clarity over foreign equity in Myanmar banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have flagged the need for further clarity in its provisions. U Than Lwin, senior advisor to KBZ Bank, said the CBM should […]

FMI changes name, revises constitution

Yangon Stock Exchange-listed First Myanmar Investment (FMI) Company announced on Saturday that it will be adopting a new name and constitution in accordance with the Myanmar Companies Law. At the first special general meeting held in Yangon’s National Theatre, the firm said that a new constitution will replace current memorandum and articles of association, as […]

New ministry, ‘single-window’ system to help investors do business

Myanmar is tuning up efforts to draw investments into the country. In Parliament Monday, the establishment of the new Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations was approved, paving the way for better coordination between related ministries and organisations on local and foreign investments and development projects implemented with foreign aid or loans. The newly […]

Daw Suu pitches Myanmar to ASEAN, vows to improve business environment

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Singapore yesterday sought to drum up investor interest in Myanmar, couching the country’s economy as “Southeast Asia’s final frontier market with innumerable investment opportunities.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was delivering her keynote speech at the 2018 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in the city state, where […]

Myanmar welcomes more investment from Hong Kong

A Myanmar Investment Promotion seminar was held on October 16 at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. The seminar was attended by Mr. Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development and Officials of Hong Kong SAR Government, Members of legislative council, Members of Hong Kong Development Council and Hong Kong Productivity council and representatives of over […]

Laws to protect intellectual property, encourage business in the works

Businesses in Myanmar still rely on outdated colonial-era laws enacted by the British more than one hundred years ago to protect intellectual property (IP) rights. The encourage growth, draft laws are being formulated in the Hluttaw to update the country’s regulations covering IP rights, copy right law, industrial law, patents and trademarks for enactment. To […]

State Counselor Encourages Japanese Investment in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has invited Japanese investors to seek investment opportunities in Myanmar as she believes that Japan has a deep understanding of the country’s struggle in the Rakhine crisis and peace process. On Monday, in her keynote speech at the Myanmar Investment Conference in Tokyo, Daw Aung San Suu […]

Foreign investors show interest in First Private Bank

Foreign investors are showing interest in taking stakes in First Private Bank, which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), said its CEO, U Myint Zaw. Interest has risen following the enforcement of the Myanmar Companies Law on August 1. The new law states that foreigners will be allowed to own a maximum of […]

Company admin obligations to be simplified under the law

When the Myanmar Companies Law is enforced come August 1, firms will no longer need to submit physical copies of original documents to the authorities as a digital online system will be used going forward,” said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) […]

Yangon stock exchange seeks foreign investor interest

THE Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) recently had a few champagne moments with the first “real” initial public offering by a Myanmar telecom company. And even while the bubbly was still fizzing another company was eyeing a listing. And, the moment foreign investors had been waiting for is almost here. For a start, foreigners residing in […]