Foreign investments to be invited for the upgrade of jetties

Foreign investments will be sought to upgrade jetties along the coast into international-standard ports as additional capacity is needed to supplement the Yangon port, which now handles 90 per cent of sea-based goods transport. “Jetties along the coast are mainly used for handling domestic cargo. They will become international ports when there is an inflow […]

Myanmar’s mobile money services poised for expansion

THE rapid increase in the ranks of smartphone users in Myanmar is providing opportunities for the marketing of mobile money services in the country, a forum has heard. Stephen Swan, head of product and digital at Wave Money Myanmar, which provides the nation’s leading mobile wallet, said mobile penetration rates in Myanmar had exceeded all […]

New China-Backed Industrial Zone Being Constructed in Ayeyarwady

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved the construction of a new industrial zone in Maubin township, Ayeyarwady region, said MIC secretary U Aung Naing Oo. The Maubin Industrial Zone is now being developed on 250 acres of land in Maubin. Construction of the zone commenced in May this year, although official MIC permission was […]

Rice federation proposes exports via Pathein, Sittway ports

Officials from Myanmar Rice Federation have submitted a plan to export rice via seaports in Pathein, Ayeyawady Region, and Sittway, Rakine State, in addition to Yangon ports, especially to Bangladesh. The proposal was made during a regular meeting between Vice President Myint Swe and Myanmar businesspeople at the office of the Republic of the Union […]

Property taxes worth less than a cup of tea

Bi-annual property taxes paid by many urban residents in Myanmar are merely worth the price of two cups of tea, according to an August study conducted by Yangon-based Renaissance Institute, which is funded by the UK, Australia and Switzerland with support from The Asia Foundation. In Yangon, the amount collected over the same period is […]

Workers Demand Minimum Wage Increase

Around 2,000 workers staged a protest march in Hlaingthayar Township yesterday, demanding the immediate raising of the minimum daily wage to Ks 5,600. Members of the Myanmar Labour Union Network organised the protest in cooperation with workers from Pathein, Bago, Thanlyin, Mingaladon and Hlaingthayar townships. Hla Hla from the Myanmar Labour Union Network said: “We […]

Trade on the rise, more FDI needed: U Ye Min Aung UMFCCI VP

U Ye Min Aung, vice president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told the Global New Light of Myanmar his views on Myanmar’s economy in an exclusive interview. Q: Please tell us about the current economic situation in Myanmar? A: At the present period, global economy […]

MPT Begins Rollout of LTE+ Network, Targets 30 Cities Across the Country by September

State owned telco MPT has begun roll­ing out its new Long Term Evolution network in Myanmar’s largest cit­ies, which, the company says, can be up to twice as fast as traditional 4G/LTE networks. Known as LTE+, the new network will enable download and uploads on mobile devices up to 10 times faster than a standard […]

Myanmar telecom competition heats up with 4G push

MYANMAR’S three telecommunications operators, buoyed by the burgeoning ranks of smartphone users, have intensified their efforts to provide 4G/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services with the sales hook of faster data connections. Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the nation’s leading telecommunications operator, on Monday launched Myanmar’s fastest data service, dubbed LTE+, with the 1.8GHz spectrum that was recently […]