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Myanmar steps up on company director accountability

Company directors in Myanmar now face legal repercussions if they fail in their corporate duties under the new Myanmar Companies Law, which came into force last August. Articles 165-172 of the Companies Law includes a set of directors’ duties, aimed at ensuring that a company is properly run and managed in the best interests of […]

6.0-magnitude quake jolts northwestern Myanmar, causes damages

YANGON, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) — An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude jolted Myanmar’s Sagaing region late Saturday, with damages reported. According to a release from Meteorology and Hydrology Department, the moderate quake struck at 21:39. local time (15:09 GMT). Its epicenter was measured at 22.5 kilometers northwest of Shwebo city and 53 kilometers south of Kanbalu […]

Myanmar urged to develop microinsurance for the poor

Insurance services in Myanmar need to reach out beyond the existing clientele to support households with lower incomes to manage their insurable risks, participants at an industry workshop said. UK-funded DaNa Facility and the USAID’s Private Sector Development Activity jointly organised the seminar on “Promoting Microinsurance in Myanmar” in Yangon on September 9. “It is […]

Myanmar, Korea sign MoUs on preliminary survey of Dala New City Project and housing finance

Myanmar and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding on the preliminary survey of the Dala New City Project and an MoU on financial cooperation in the real estate sector, according to the Korea-Myanmar business forum held at the Lotte Hotel in Yangon on September 4. “As we launch Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex (KMIC) and […]

Korean firms flock to ‘Asia’s last frontier’ Myanmar

In line with President Moon Jae-in’s tour of Southeast Asia this week, South Korean business leaders and ranking officials visited Myanmar, the reclusive country bordering China — that is opening up now. Several of them chose to visit Myanmar exclusively –- from Tuesday to Thursday — skipping Moon’s other destinations such as Thailand and Laos. […]

3 businesses with operations in this fast-growing asian country

Myanmar is considered the “final frontier” in Asia — both literally and metaphorically — as it is one of the last countries within Asia to open its doors to foreign investors in recent years. In the last decade or so, countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have opened up to the outside world, and […]

Post-Brexit UK to keep Myanmar’s trade preferences

Boris Johnson’s government says Britain will maintain Myanmar’s access to the UK market after Brexit goes ahead, whether or not the EU decides to withdraw trade preferences because of human rights violations. “Regardless of how we exit the EU in October, the UK is committed to maintaining GSP [Generalised Scheme of Preferences] standards for Myanmar […]

Stock Exchange Expo runs in Myanmar’s Yangon

YANGON, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) — Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) Expo-2019 was held in Myanmar’s Yangon for the third time on Sunday. Deputy Minister U Maung Maung Win of Planning and Finance called for all stakeholders’ continued efforts to attract more investors, fully protect investors and ensure market quality. The expo aims to attract potential investors […]

Why Myanmar should sign the new Singapore Mediation Convention

Forty-six countries have already signed the new Singapore Mediation Convention (Convention), including the US, South Korea, China, Malaysia, India and Singapore itself. I would encourage Myanmar to also sign. This would provide another welcome alternative to the conventional court system for the resolution of international commercial disputes. One of the problems international businesses face in […]

Myanmar’s stock exchange promoted

Government and financial officials in Myanmar have held an event to attract investors to the country’s first stock exchange, which is still immature. The Yangon Stock Exchange was established with the help of Japanese businesses three years ago. But so far only five companies are listed on the market. The officials invited domestic and foreign […]