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Reform of extractive state businesses delayed

The reform of Myanmar’s opaque and powerful state-owned enterprises (SOE) has been delayed for over a year due to sensitivity surrounding the industries. A public debate in Mandalay to reform Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises engaged in the extractive sectors was held under the work programme of Myanmar Extraction Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), according to Department of […]

Five business sectors that are looking interesting in 2019

Businesses did not have a positive outlook on the Myanmar business sector last year with falling confidence and firms pulling out of Myanmar. However, with the arrival of a new year, things seem to be looking more optimistic for some sectors. Our reporters have interviewed insiders and experts from five business sectors on their views […]

Changes in petroleum law could give Myanmar a boost in oil and gas investments

Changes in a petroleum law in Myanmar could help the Southeast Asian country attract investment in to the oil and gas sector, while reducing the growing strain on depleting domestic oil and gas reserves, according to a report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research. With Myanmar among the few under-explored upstream markets in Asia and interest […]

Investor opportunities rise with upcoming tender, better contract terms

The oil and gas sector is looking exciting this year, with opportunities emerging from an international tender scheduled to take place early this year for the first time since 2014. In addition to onshore and offshore blocks, the tender is expected to include work in “Improved Petroleum Recovery” blocks at older oil fields in Myanmar. […]

Protests and demonstrations a key concern for extractive companies

Protests and demonstrations pose a serious security threat to the oil and gas industry as well as mining sector in Myanmar, a recent poll among industry players showed. Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) organised workshops aiming to raise awareness of the relevance of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) for Myanmar’s […]

PTTEP to invest in new Myanmar gas fields next year

With fresh oil and gas reserves at Myanmar’s offshore blocks now approved for commercial activities, the Ministry of Energy and Electricity (MOEE) will invite international tenders for up to 31 oil and gas exploration fields in early 2019. The last round of exploration and production tenders was held under the former government in 2014. The […]

Myanmar targets FDI from East Asia in long-term investment plan

Myanmar is gunning for more foreign direct investments (FDI) from East Asia in the next 20 years under its new Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP), U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told The Myanmar Times at a book launch in Yangon on Thursday. Besides strengthening […]

South Korean firm ink agreement on Dala Bridge

The Yangon regional government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Myanmar Wooree Co, a South Korean firm, to establish an industrial project on July 11. The regional government plans to construct this industrial project on the western side of Yangon River and will plan to connect that with the proposed Dala Bridge, located in […]

Infrastructure development critical for Myanmar to woo investors, forum hears

SINCE MYANMAR’S lack of adequate infrastructure may deter potential investors, the government must urgently bring infrastructure development into focus, according to the Myanmar Infrastructure Forum held on Friday. The government’s clear decisions would drive the future of Myanmar, said Teo Eng Cheong, CEO International of Singapore, North Asia and Southeast Asia at Surbana Jurong Private […]

Natural gas export earnings decrease by over US$35million

Natural gas export earnings as of the end of May this FY hit over US$230million, a decrease of over US$35 million from the same point last year, according to the Commerce Ministry. Natural gas exports accounted for 45 per cent of the country’s total export earnings, followed by the garment sector with 17 per cent. […]