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‘Tone from the top’ crucial in anti-corruption: DICA

There is a lack of awareness about the transparency and corporate governance aspects of the new Companies Law, according to a senior government official, who argued for the importance of tone from the top in combating corruption. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of the Chamber of Commerce […]

Business confidence in Myanmar sinks as scepticism mounts

More European businesses say they have lost confidence in Myanmar due to concerns about the National League for Democracy-led government’s management of the economy compared to the last two years, a new survey shows. According to the latest survey from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) published yesterday, a majority of firms (81 […]

Corporate Japan urges Myanmar to address business concerns

The most senior Japanese business leader in Myanmar urged the government to recognise how liberalisation, efficient bureaucracy and reliable power supply allowed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract considerable investments. He also warned that current restrictions placed on foreign firms in the retail and wholesale sector are already “the maximum” but commended the ministry’s […]

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 […]

World Bank cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%

The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and Pacific economic update released this month downgraded Myanmar’s GDP growth projections from the previous forecast, saying seasonal floods, rising cost, inflationary pressures and the Rakhine […]

Manufacturing key to Myanmar’s growth

Myanmar has been transitioning to a more open and market-oriented economy over the past few years. While progress has been made throughout the economy, manufacturing has witnessed rapid expansion, accounting for 15 percent of GDP in 2007 but growing to 24pc in 2017. Garment manufacturing, in particular, has grown rapidly, with exports expected to surpass […]

Myanmar launches new companies law to adapt to current age

YANGON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has instituted a new companies law after amendment of its outdated Companies Act-1914 to adapt to the current age, registering an important milestone with its measures of promoting foreign investment. The new Myanmar Companies Law-2017 comes into effect from Wednesday, enabling a company’s registration process to be done electronically […]

Govt Investment Body to Share Regulations for Companies Law Soon

YANGON — The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) said it would release regulations relating to the new Companies Law before it takes effect on Aug. 1 with instructions on electronic registration, company constitutions and capital structures. “We submitted the regulations to the [government’s] Economic Committee already; the cabinets will review it later,” said […]

Myanmar vows to promote responsible investment

Myanmar’s Investment Commission has vowed to be transparent, take proactive approach and promote responsible investment under the new management, Myanmar News Agency reported Saturday. New Chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission U Thaung Tun, who is also minister at the Office of the Government, made the remarks at a meeting with four foreign chambers of […]

Myanmar reforms investment commission

YANGON — Myanmar reformed its Investment Commission with 13 members and the Minister at the Office of the Government U Thaung Tun was appointed as chairman, said a government’s order issued late Saturday. Minister of Commerce Than Myint was assigned as vice chairman of the commission, while Director-General of the Directorate of Investment and Company […]