Myanmar to trim Kyaukphyu cost but drops Annan’s strategic review suggestion

Nay Pyi Taw’s plan to reduce the cost of Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, including the proposed deep-sea port, will help cap its external debt load and avoid repeating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota’s precedent, according to London-headquartered research firm BMI Research. At the same time, a government committee has dropped any mentioning of commissioning a Strategic Environmental […]

Domestic businesses are failing, UMFCCI survey reveals

Domestic businesses are struggling to grow and many are on a downward trend, according to the latest survey conducted by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). The UMFCCI’s survey supports the findings of two previous studies conducted in the last six months by Roland Berger and the European Chamber […]

Next finance minister expected to rescue confidence, speed up bank reforms

The government has to find someone who can pick up the baton swiftly and restore confidence to an increasingly frustrated business community since U Kyaw Win has resigned as planning and finance minister. With economic reforms slowing and plummeting of investor confidence, the next office-holder needs to communicate the reform blueprint to the private sector, […]

Myanmar’s Planning and Finance Minister Submits Resignation

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has submitted his resignation to the president amid reports that he is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), sources close to the matter told The Irrawaddy. Since last week, news reports have circulated alleging that the minister and his […]

Yangon gears up to lure more investment into business hub

AS INVESTORS await Myanmar’s new moves to open up the economy, the regional government of Yangon plans to unveil its investment strategies at the first Yangon Investment Forum (YIF2018) next week, according to a regional minister. Planning and Finance Minister Myint Taung said at a press conference on Wednesday that Yangon region Chief Minister Phyo […]

Myanmar region woos French FDI

Myanmar’s underdeveloped Tanintharyi region bordering Kanchanaburi province plans to attract European investment mainly from French companies in the months to come, according to Phyo Win Tun, planning and finance minister of the Tanintharyi region government. “At the regional government, we frequently receive business delegations from Europe, including France, Italy, Czech as well as from other […]

Mandalay approves investments exceeding K1.4 billion

The Mandalay Region Investment Committee has approved over K1.4 billion in investments since the Myanmar Investment Law was approved in October 2016, U Thike Htoon, assistant director at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said on Monday. The investments were approved for the first time after the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) established Region […]

Government expects growth of 6.8pc in 2017-18

Despite the slowdown in economic growth, the growth rate for Myanmar is expected to reach 6.8 percent for the fiscal year 2017-18, U Htin Kyaw, the country’s president, said during the national planning commission’s meeting on Tuesday, according to the president’s office. This is because the weather in the time of harvest was favourable as […]

MoU signed to build Kanyin Chaung economic zone

The Maungdaw government and NAAF Galaxy, which comprises six companies including three local companies, will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on October 30, said Aung Myint Thein, chairman of the Maungdaw border traders association and secretary of the Kanyin Chaung trade zone implementing committee. “We are developing Kanyin Chaung economic zone project. We developed […]

Myanmar moves forward

The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way. These planned changes in ministerial personnel are aimed at strengthening the government’s leadership […]