Myanmar’s FDI on target despite Rakhine situation

NAYPYITAW — In a bright, well-carpeted conference hall in Naypyitaw — Myanmar’s sprawling capital built by the former military government — more than 1,000 investors and business executives gathered earlier this week for the annual Euromoney Myanmar Global Investment Forum. The opening remarks on Sept. 12 by speakers including government officials and foreign and local […]

Govt Investment Director Confident in Foreign Investment Despite Rakhine Conflict

YANGON — U Aung Naing Oo, director-general of Directorate of Investment and Company Administration under the Ministry of National Planning and Finance, talked to The Irrawaddy reporter Shwe Lay about foreign investment in Myanmar and the government’s plan to promote it. How much investment has Myanmar had over the past year? Which countries are the […]

15 days for regional investment commissions to assess applications

The Myanmar Investment Commission will retain the power to approve or reject applications for tax incentives. Regional and state investment commissions are given 15 working days to review an application once they have accepted a submission from an investor, according to Notification No 25/2017 released by the Myanmar Investment Commission. The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) […]

MIC expands amid reforms

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has been reorganised with three new members, according to a news release by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) on June 14. The MIC is a government-appointed body which is responsible for verifying and approving investment proposals and regularly issues notifications about sector-specific developments. The previous appointments to […]

Foreign Investment in Agriculture Rests on Policy Support, Innovation, Says Dentons

Myanmar’s agri­cultural sector is ‘very close’ to seeing an uptick in for­eign investment but only if the government contin­ues providing policy sup­port and if investors are willing to ‘innovate’, ac­cording to the Myanmar resident partner of the world’s largest law firm. After decades of neglect, Myanmar’s largest indus­try lags well behind that of regional neighbours […]

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 […]

New investment law unlikely to be enacted this year

Parties involved in the drafting of the new investment law are willing to thoroughly review legal content, even though the process may delay the enactment to next year. Until March 26, the opinions of civil society organisations, local and foreign investors are being sought for the consolidation of two investment laws – Myanmar Citizens Investment […]