Myanmar Shuffles Energy, Finance Officials Amid Slowing Growth

Myanmar has replaced its minister for energy, state media reported on Wednesday, as Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration looks to address concerns that the enactment of vital reforms has been slow since she took power last year.The government also appointed a new deputy finance minister and confirmed three new central bank deputy governors this week. […]

AMCHAM Myanmar Encourages U.S. Banks to Enter Myanmar Market

The American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar) recently led a financial services business delegation to Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw consisting of 13 companies to meet with government representatives and local banks from July 24-26. The goal of the mission was to help U.S. financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, get a […]

Yangon New City Project makes few adjustments

The Yangon New City Project will be carried out with collaboration from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and foreign loans, said Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry, Road and Communication Daw Nilar Kyaw at the 2nd Yangon Region Hluttaw meeting held on 10 July. The new city will be […]

Myanmar Aims to Boost Gold and Jewellery Exports

MYANMAR plans to step up the promotion of jewellery and product in a bid to boost exports, Planning and Finance Kyaw Win said. The Gold Traders’ Association says traders in the gold market need to rely on mutual trust as the market is not supported by a proper banking and insurance system, resulting in unstable […]

Parkland projects suspended pending plan

Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe told the regional parliament yesterday that the YCDC was drafting a master plan and they would only allow projects to be carried out after it is drafted. “Some companies have requested us to draft the master plan as soon as possible. The buildings must be located 30 feet away […]

YCDC to Take Action Against Wayward Street Vendors

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is taking action against street vendors who ply their trade in prohibited areas or streets and is mapping out a plan to ensure that trade will be carried out in a systematic manner. The announcement was made by regional Planning and Financing Minister U Myint Thaung at the Yangon Region Parliament session Since […]

Time to Fix the Economy With Action, Not Words

Economists and business owners, while acknowledging and applauding the measures put into achieving peace and stability, say the National League for Democracy-led government has largely ignored the economy during its first year in power. Some experts and entrepreneurs told The Myanmar Times that the government needs to focus on ways and means of stimulating economic growth and […]

Avoid Loss of Foreign Investments: Report

The Yangon Region Finance, Planning and Economic Committee has sent its yearly report to the regional parliament, urging for action to be taken in order to avoid the loss of foreign investments. Committee chair Daw Sandar Min said the regional government must put emphasis on issues that could affect investments and the economy. Among the […]

Myanmar Banks ‘Facing Five Key Challenges’

YANGON – MYANMAR’S HOPE of becoming an investment destination in Asean may fade away if the country fails to address five major challenges in its financial sector, experts said at the launch of a GIZ banking report titled “Myanmar’s Financial Sector: A Challenging Environment for Banks” last week. During a PowerPoint presentation and a panel […]

UK Government to Strengthen Gas Sector in Myanmar

A UK Government-supported programme, to strengthen the development of a modern, dynamic oil and gas sector in Myanmar, is to be launched later this month, according to a joint press release from the British Embassy in Yangon and Aberdeen International Associates (AIA). Mr Gordon McIntosh, Aberdeen City Council’s former Director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure, […]