Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises show how much reform is still needed

NOTHING has been made in the engine factory in Thagaya, in the south of Myanmar, since April last year. Yet around 350 employees still turn up each day. In 2016 government-owned factories like this one made a loss of more than $200m. When Myanmar moved from military dictatorship to a form of democracy, its new […]

State-owned Thai oil company unit to invest more in Myanmar

BANGKOK — Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production, a subsidiary of Thailand’s national oil and gas conglomerate PTT, plans to greatly expand its investment in Myanmar. The company aims to join a new round of bidding for oil and gas exploration rights, due to open by the end of this year, in hopes of cashing in […]

Elite Petrochemical launches first private-sector LPG project in Myanmar

Elite Petrochemical Co launched its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Terminal and Port Facility at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone on Saturday. The terminal is the first private sector-led LPG investment open for business in the country. The terminal was developed under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreement across 49 acres of land in Thilawa […]

Myanmar businesses join hands for FDI

THE MYANMAR Investors Development Association (MIDA), an alliance of large-scale local enterprises, will help the government achieve its economic goals by actively engaging with local and foreign investors, according to its chairman Khin Maung Aye. ”For our country to grow further, we need to create thousands of jobs for our citizens. Job creation entirely depends […]

PTTEP confirms its commitment to Myanmar oil and gas

PTTEP reaffirmed its commitment to the development and growth of Myanmar’s oil and gas industry at the Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2018 this week. Despite the exploration and development challenges in Myanmar’s oil and gas sector, opportunities for successful discovery and production can be captured with the effective use of innovation and people, said Mr. […]

Zhefu Holding-Supreme Group consortium to develop USD 2.5bn Myanmar gas-fired plant project

A Zhefu Holding Group Co Ltd-Supreme Group of Companies consortium plans to build a 1390MW gas-fired power plant under an EPC contract in Myanmar, according to a source from a project participant. The total project investment (TPI) is around USD 2.5bn. The project owner is Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise, which will start to seek project […]

Why Myanmar’s government needs to do more to maintain economic growth

Myanmar’s economy is growing. In particular, the manufacturing and retail sectors are booming. However, the government must address significant challenges to maximise Myanmar’s growth potential. The manufacturing industry grew dramatically The government set bold industralisation targets. It wanted to promote manufacturing exports and lessen the country’s reliance on oil and gas. Industry, including manufacturing, contributed […]

Telecom Sector Draws Foreign Investment

YANGON — The Telecommunications sector has become the top destination for foreign investment under the National League for Democracy (NLD) government, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “Under the previous governments, most of the foreign investments went to the energy and electricity sectors. But foreign investment in the telecommunications sector has […]

Will Myanmar’s government cancel Woodside Petroleum Limited’s contracts?

Woodside Petroleum Limited’s (ASX: WPL) dealings with the brutal Myanmar government appear to be getting murkier.The energy company has been touting the prospective lucrative returns it hopes to gain from its investment in Myanmar. “Woodside is one of the largest offshore petroleum acreage holders in Myanmar,” according to the company’s website “Collectively, our nine permits […]

In Yangon, one Kachin entrepreneur pursues global dreams

It has been ten years since Ko Zin Myo Htik, owner of Myanmar Gasket (MG), left his hometown in Moe Kaung city, Kachin State, for Yangon, where he is now pursuing his dream of building a Myanmar gasket factory supplying international-quality gaskets to the global market. A gasket is a mechanical seal which fills the […]