Trade Deficit Narrows as Imports Slump and Exports Rise $500m

​​ The overall value of trade between My­anmar and foreign countries fell by more than $330 million be­tween April 1st and De­cember 30th last year compared to the same pe­riod the year before, with a decline in imports off­setting a $509 million rise in exports. Ministry of Commerce figures show exports reached $8.2 billion, up […]

Welcome to Mogok, Myanmar’s mysterious mining mecca

High in the hills of northeastern Myanmar, past a few sleepy army checkpoints on a stretch of road where mobile phones lose their signal, an ageing signpost set against a mountainous landscape reads: “WELCOME TO RUBY LAND”. This is the entrance to a little-known and seldom-visited town called Mogok, which is said to be the […]

What the US can learn from Myanmar about infrastructure investment

America’s infrastructure is headed down a bumpy road, and unless the country takes drastic action to fix its ailing transport, water, and other infrastructure systems, it might well wind up with the types of struggles I’ve witnessed recently in Myanmar. I am here in Myanmar teaching an international business class for our MBA students as […]

Light Manufacturing to Lead Way in Foreign Investment

​​ RANGOON — Burma’s light manufacturing sector will lead the way in foreign direct investment in 2017 although investor concerns over the country’s infrastructure persist, according to the local business community. Foreign investors visiting in the last year had questions over energy supply, transport and land issues and heavy industry manufacturers are hesitant to invest, […]

Construction and Real Estate Sectors Pin 2017 Hopes on New Legislation

​​ The construction sector will be glad to see the back of 2016 – a year in which a political transition, a high-rise review and a volatile currency conspired to leave many developers battered and bitter. But there were also signs of a fragile recovery in the real estate market, and new laws set to […]

Government Plans Monthly Meetings to Respond to Business Leaders

​​ RANGOON — Government leaders are planning to meet monthly with the local business community to listen to current problems and find solutions, Vice President U Myint Swe and National Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win pledged last week. The first monthly meeting received a positive response. The vice president and finance minister met […]

MPs to Crack Down on Brewers’ Waste Disposal

​​ Brewers who fail to dispose of their waste water properly could be closed down, MPs have been told. Deputy home affairs minister U Aung Soe told a hluttaw meeting on water pollution most of the currently operating breweries and distilleries could have their licences revoked unless they take urgent measures to clean up their […]

A Myanmar Success Story

​​ MYANMAR’S re-engagement with the world inspired investment banker Aye Thiha to leave New York and return home in 2011. His own business has flourished since and he still sees new opportunities flowing in. “My family coerced me to return and after eight years. I thought I was done with being an investment banker,” said […]

Tea Touted as Solution to Budgetary Woes

​​ As the government has found itself without enough cash to complete development projects scheduled in the current fiscal year, one cabinet member has aired an unusual proposal for financing the shortfall: tea money. Speaking in parliament yesterday, the minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation said that if the public truly wants all its roads […]

Education Ministry Wants to Take Back Rangoon Land from Property Developer

RANGOON — Burma’s Ministry of Education now wants Parliament to help it take back a valuable parcel of land that the former government gave away to international developer Marga Landmark. The 17.7-acre tract, situated in a prime location close to Rangoon’s Inya Lake and the Sedona Hotel, once belonged to the Ministry of Science and […]