JICA to lend US$100m to local SMEs in 2018-19

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will lend 11.5 billion Japanese yen (K151.685 billion) to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fiscal year of 2018-19 through domestic banks. This decision was officially announced on September 5. The JICA’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) two-step loan will be managed by state-owned Myanma Economic Bank under its SME […]

Myanmar’s electricity goals depend on ODA

With 5.5 percent annual growth of gross domestic product, Myanmar was one of the fastest growing countries in ASEAN during 2011-2015. The growth of Myanmar’s economy is heavily influenced by the government’s focus on promoting special economic zones among investors.Subject to the implementation of this focus, infrastructure development in energy is vitally important to make […]

Yangon-Mandalay Train Journey will Shorten to 8 Hours by 2023

Japan has thrown its weight behind Myanmar’s railway development by funding the Yangon-Mandalay railway, according to the country’s foreign minister Taro Kono who held a joint press conference in the capital with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on January 12. The railroad upgrade programme is expected to cut travel time between Yangon and Taungoo […]

Japan May Build First Waste-to-Diesel Fuel Plant in Bago

Japan’s Garbage Collection Co Ltd has expressed interest in constructing a waste-to-diesel factory in Bago Region, according to the Bago Regional Government. The diesel produced will be used as fuel for tractors and harvesters in the agriculture sector. Bago Region, which is next to Yangon Region, is heavily reliant on the agri-business. The region mainly […]

Where Will Myanmar’s Energy Come From?

Myanmar’s high growth in electricity demand — rising by around 13 percent annually — is a challenge for the government. Demand is estimated to reach 4,500 MW by 2020 and 13,410 MW in 2030. Currently there is no plan to meet this high demand. High-level policy shifts and unclear policies within the cabinet and ministries […]

DCA hopes to tie up Hanthawaddy airport deal by the end of this year

A Final concession agreement between the Department of Civil Aviation and a consortium building a major new international airport in Bago Region known as Hanthawaddy International Airport should be complete by the end of this year, according to a DCA director. Myanmar has been trying to build the airport for two decades, but delays have plagued […]

Real Estate Market Revives Over New Bago Airport Project

Real estate market has revived in Bago region as a new international airport project was to be signed, according to an official report. The Bago real estate market went cold during 2015 but the prospective signing of an agreement between the government and the airport contractors has caused the price of land in the region […]

Myanmar, consortium sign deal in new international airport project

A consortium comprising JGC Corporation, Yongnam Holdings Limited and Changi Airports International on Saturday (Jan 30) signed a Framework Agreement with Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), reaching a milestone in the Hanthawaddy International Airport project. According to a media release, the signing of the Framework Agreement marks an important step towards the eventual inking […]

Ministry push to improve waterway logistics

The Ministry of Transport will focus on constructing new ports and renovating docks and jetties, as well as developing the Thilawa port region, using a combination of Japanese loans and government funds, said U Thet Tun, deputy permanent secretary for the Ministry of Transport. The ministry will also collaborate with local and foreign private companies […]

The Long Road To Investing in Myanmar

A seminar in Bangkok has been told that while there are opportunities in Myanmar for foreign investors the country lacks the human resources to enable rapid growth, while many of the opportunities that exist are in industries which have profound levels of corruption. The packed to capacity presentation, Myanmar at the Crossroads, part of the […]