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Over the last year, Myanmar’s energy sector stumbles in right direction

Home to one of the world’s oldest oil and gas industries, oil exploration in Myanmar began in the early Bagan era. During the reign of King Anawrahta in the Bagan Era, evidence shows that the Buddha’s Three Teachings were coated with oil to prevent damage. With the nationalisation of the oil industry in 1963, the […]

Govt risks derailing economy despite legislative reforms

Candid comments from businesses expose this govt’s leadership and policy void in managing the economy, with no vision and little action. As the administration concludes its second year, it has yet to deliver. BUSINESS leaders, in rare candour, have expressed strong reservations and wide-ranging criticism over the current government’s approach to the economy as it […]

Second law firm exits Myanmar, calls Companies Law delay a mistake

The govt has a mentality that, if something has to be done, “all you need to do is to pass a new law and that’s going to solve the problem.” It’s time to focus on communications with the private sector and actual implementation. Following New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), another major law firm, […]

Eight years needed to build Yangon railway station project

With an estimated price tag of US$2.5 billion and eight years to build, the time cost and investment needed for the Yangon Central Railway Station redevelopment are massive. THE US$2.5 billion Yangon railway station project, which is set to be Myanmar’s largest joint venture investment project under the National League for Democracy-led government, will take […]

Architects, Experts Slam Draft Law for Yangon City Development

YANGON—A new draft law governing the development of Yangon has been condemned by architects and urban planners, who say it lacks a long-term vision for Myanmar’s biggest city, as well as safeguards against conflicts of interest involving members of the city’s development authority. Yangon government-appointed experts and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the municipal […]

Political make-up a bottleneck for Shan economy

The political make-up of the state’s executive and legislature results in a lot of time and energy spent on negotiations instead of implementing sweeping economic reforms in Shan, according to a local chamber of commerce. The state needs political stability and it needs to generate value-added agricultural products in order to grow its economy. Shan […]

Businesses push for better communications with Nay Pyi Taw

THE government should update the business community with the latest economic activities and manage the expectations, according to domestic and foreign investors at a recent investment forum held in the country’s capital. Investors in Myanmar would like to see a push towards further liberalisation of the economy. More people are taking part in the private […]

Hantharwaddy airport priority for govt

THE planned Hantharwaddy International Airport is the only priority in the area of aviation under the National League for Democracy-led government, said U Win Khant, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications. He made his comments in relation to the government’s Transport Master Plan during the sideline interview with The Myanmar Times at Myanmar […]

Time to Fix the Economy With Action, Not Words

Economists and business owners, while acknowledging and applauding the measures put into achieving peace and stability, say the National League for Democracy-led government has largely ignored the economy during its first year in power. Some experts and entrepreneurs told The Myanmar Times that the government needs to focus on ways and means of stimulating economic growth and […]