Regions Can Approve up to US$5m Investments

​​ The maximum amount of investments which can be approved by regional and state governments has been set to US$5 million (K6 billion). Region and state investment commissions will now be able to approve proposals without having to seek permission from Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), according to an announcement from MIC chair U Kyaw Win […]

MIC divides country into three categories

The Myanmar Investment Commission has established three development categories, offering different income tax exemptions depending on the level of development. Under the Myanmar Investment Law, the least developed zones include 14 townships in Kachin State, seven each in Kayah and Kayin, nine in Chin, 35 in Sagaing Region, four in Tanintharyi, five in Bago, 13 […]

FDI Brings About Property Market Boom

​​ The local property market, especially in industrial zones, is expected to boom as the country sees a massive influx of foreign investments, according to House.com.mm. Nitesh Khirwal, Co-founder and Managing Director of House.com.mm said: “The Myanmar Investment Commission’s recent reforms and the new Myanmar Investment Law may have a huge impact on local property […]

New Investment Law Rules to be Announced in March

​​ RANGOON — Burma’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) will announce new regulations for the national investment law in early March, in time for the start of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according do a senior DICA official. The current Foreign Investment Law and Citizen Investment Law—known together as the Myanmar Investment Law—were enacted […]

Myanmar woos investments in infrastructure, transport and energy

With the recent enactment of the investment law and lifting of sanctions, Myanmar has become friendlier to foreign investment, particularly in infrastructure, transport and energy, according to its state investment agency. The Myanmar Investment Law was passed on Oct. 18 by combining the country’s foreign investment law and citizen investment law, providing income tax exemptions […]

Myanmar Confident of Topping $6 Bn FDI

​​ THE MYANMAR Investment Commission is confident of reaching its $6 billion (Bt216 billion) target for foreign direct investment in the 2016 fiscal year to March 31, although the nine-month figure accounts for only slightly half of the target. Despite the decline in FDI inflow, Aung Naing Oo, director-general of the Directorate of Investment and […]

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 […]

Foreign Investment Surge Not Felt in Local Banks

​​ The government needs to monitor whether foreign investors are using their money or not as foreign currency has yet to inflow into local banks, Khin Maung Aye, chair of Myanmar Bank Association. “Foreign investors are bringing their investment into the country at a time when the Myanmar Investment Commission is giving the green-light to […]

MIC to Prioritise Needy Townships

​​ Under the new Myanmar Investment Law, investment promotion plans will identify zones 1, 2 and 3 to prioritise the townships most in need, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration under the Ministry of Planning and Finance. For income tax exemption under the new law, underdeveloped regions are designated as zone 1, the regions with moderate development zone 2 and developed regions zone 3. With government approval, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) may give income tax exemption to zone 1 investors for seven consecutive years, zone 2 investors for five years and zone […]

Companies in Myanmar Express Concern About Regulation, but Optimism Remains: Survey

​​ Companies in Myanmar expressed concerns about government regulation and policy, despite showing optimism for future growth, in a recently completed survey, said Thomas Klotz Tuesday morning at a press conference in Yangon. Klotz, the Managing Partner for Southeast Asia for Roland Berger, the German consulting firm that conducted the survey, said, “Seeing from our […]