International partnerships drive transparency among Myanmar companies

Good corporate governance is what attracts investors, such as International Financial Corporation (IFC), for companies, according to the findings revealed by the latest transparency report. The report also points to the very poor disclosure record and absence of corporate governance by companies which are registered at Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) as “public” […]

A New Harbinger of Good Governance – Myanmar’s Institute of Directors

This week marks the launch of an important market institution – the Myanmar Institute of Directors (MIoD), the first independent, private sector-led organization promoting best corporate governance standards and practices in the country. This is a significant step in Myanmar’s ongoing market reforms and sends a strong signal to the global business community the country’s […]

Bid to boost corporate transparency in Myanmar accelerates

An annual study on business transparency of Myanmar companies would be widened next year to encourage inclusiveness and accountability in a larger context, according to Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, a Yangon-based initiative funded by six European nations. MCRB director Vicky Bowman said that the assessment of companies’ websites would be doubled to 200 firms […]

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 […]

IFC to Help Myanmar Develop a Secured-Transactions Framework

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Myanmar’s government to develop a secured-transactions framework that will allow businesses, especially micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to access finance by offering movable assets as collateral, IFC said in a statement on 5 November. This will unlock significant financing for MSMEs, for whom lack […]

Post-Sanctions Myanmar the New Frontier for Global Business

YANGON/TOKYO — The end of long-standing U.S. sanctions on Myanmar companies linked to the former military government is cause for celebration in both countries, opening up a slew of previously off-limits business and investment opportunities. The U.S. Treasury Department lifted all financial sanctions on the Southeast Asian nation Friday after months of dogged appeals by […]

Companies face hefty fines for failing to file taxes: IRD’s Aung Myo Oo

The Internal Revenue Department (IRD) on Tuesday gave a stern warning that companies in Myanmar must file their taxes by June 30, otherwise they stand to face a heavy fine that could be up to 150 times the size of their actual tax bill. “Trying to dodge tax could be a risky task. If they […]

Philippines’ Microtel Corporation prepares to invest in Myanmar

Philippine-based Microtel Corporation is preparing to invest in hotels, real estate and educational services in Myanmar, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). Jose Mari del Rosario, Chairman of Microtel Development Corporation, visited the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss the rules and regulations regarding their investment. The Microtel […]