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Colliers Property Report – Myanmar Hotel Quarterly Q4 2018

SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS No new completions were observed in Yangon as of Q4 2018. Few select developments that were anticipated to open during the quarter have seen limited construction developments. In turn, increases on both occupancy and ADR levels transpired. Nonetheless, hotel investments in Yangon continue to surge as supported by the new government policies […]

Mall operator, Thai healthcare group launch Yangon hospital on high demand

Myanmar mall operator Ga Mone Pwint Co has teamed up with Thailand’s Thonburi Healthcare Group to start a new facility, Ar Yu International Hospital, in Yangon, where demand for high quality standards of healthcare is rising fast. The new US$70 million hospital, which will open in mid August, is the first such project in Yangon […]

Myanmar needs ‘more transparency, strategies’

MYANMAR’S hopes of becoming Asia’s last frontier market would be realised only if the government could create a clear and transparent regulatory environment for attracting investment and financing the economy, according to Patrick Cooke, regional editor for Asia at Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global research and consultancy firm. “It is imperative that the government […]

As industry opens up, Capstone Education finds niche in Myanmar market

Ko Thaw Zin Aung Gyi and Ko Aung Tun Lin, the founding partners of Capstone Education, a local education consultancy, saw the need to invest in Myanmar education long before authorities finally permitted full foreign capital investments in the industry on April 20. Locally schooled but having qualified to study abroad at Ivy League universities, […]

Investor sentiment buoyant in ASEAN; PH leads in GDP growth forecast

Despite concerns on the domestic tax environment in the Philippines, the country still ranks highest in terms of high GDP growth projection in ASEAN, which growth is partly driven by government spending, according to a survey. The Oxford Business Group launched its edition of the Business Barometer: OBG in ASEAN CEO Survey, which pointed to […]

Myanmar permits full foreign capital investments in education sector

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has permitted foreigners to make full capital investments in private schools in Myanmar, according to Notification 7/2018 issued by the MIC on April 20. This means foreigners will now be able to fully own and operate private schools teaching a curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or an […]

Myanmar insurance industry poised for reform, awaits liberalisation

Insurance providers in Myanmar can expect a more competitive and promising landscape on which to do business in the near future. With market liberalisation, which will enable firms to offer a wider variety of insurance products, on the government’s agenda, local and foreign providers alike have already started training staff and building management and IT […]

Myanmar woos Asian tourists amid Rakkhine crisis

YANGON — These are anxious times for Myanmar’s tourism industry, as the country’s international reputation takes a battering. But shares in Myanmar tycoon Serge Pun’s Memories Group — which includes hotel construction and travel management services — have defied the uncertainty. The company’s shares have risen 12.3% since their January 5 debut to 0.32 Singapore […]

Myanmar Youth Need Digital Training for Tomorrow’s Job Market – Microsoft Boss

Myanmar must train a new digi­tally literate gen­eration to keep pace with its rapidly expanding IT sector, a senior manager at Microsoft has said. Michelle Simmons, the software giant’s general manager for new markets in Southeast Asia, said it was a “key priority” for Myanmar to train pro­fessionals to enable the country’s “digital trans­formation.” Speaking […]

Myanmar Construction Sector ‘a Natural Market for Singapore’ – Surbana Jurong CEO

The construction and engineering sectors in Myanmar “can progress at a much faster rate” than its regional neighbours like Vietnam because it has British building standards and codes, the head of a major urban development con­sultancy has said. Wong Heang Fine, group CEO at Singapore-based Surbana Jurong, said a shared legacy of British rule means, […]