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 […]

GDP expands to 7.4pc as more companies are cleared for business

Mandalay Region, Myanmar’s second largest city, has permitted the opening of 14 local and foreign businesses in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, chair of the Mandalay Regional Investment Committee. Nine foreign companies will contribute foreign direct investments totaling $13.6 million, while the remaining six companies will contribute K23.1 billion in local […]

Experts object to firms’ plans to mine sand in Tanintharyi Region

A local company plans to extract 5 million cubic metres of sand over five years in sensitive coastal areas in Tanintharyi Region without legally-required environmental assessments. Experts warn that the proposed sand mining will be highly damaging to a nearby pearl farm, biodiversity and fisheries and livelihoods of local communities. The issue highlights some of […]

Regional investment commission approves first Kachin project

The Kachin State Investment Commission has approved one investment involving K1,688 million since its office was opened last July. The commission is currently examining two investment applications, U Tun Kyaw Kyaw, deputy director from at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), explained. The approved investment is in the agriculture sector and relates to […]

Collier Property Report – Yangon Office Q4 2017

Competition Exerts Downward Rental Correction There has been a pronounced correction in headline rents. Given the increase in competition and the entry of better-quality projects, landlords are now willing to lower prices to reasonable levels. In fact, older offices, which previously commanded premium rates, have begun adjusting rents appropriate to their quality and offerings. Meanwhile, […]

Demand for new Yangon office complexes to continue rising

With more foreign direct investments (FDI) expected to flow into Myanmar due to insurance sector developments, enactment of the Investment Law and anticipated approval of the new Company’s Act, real estate developers have been urged to build more international-standard office complexes to accommodate demand. “There is potential for [office] development. Insurance sector developments and new […]

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 […]