New retail directive well-received, but raises unanswered questions

Myanmar has taken pains to liberalise its economy and draw foreign investors to become more competitive. Over the past two years, it has rolled out major new legislation including the Condominium Law, Investment Law and Companies Law. This year, it released two new directives opening up the education and retail sectors to full foreign ownership, […]

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 […]

After winter gas crunch, China pumps for underground storage

CHONGQING, China (Reuters) – On one of the many mountains in southwest China’s sprawling region of Chongqing, a dozen wells in an exhausted gas field are this week starting to take in fresh fuel piped in from Central Asia’s Turkmenistan, thousands of miles away. For the next six months, state energy giant PetroChina, operator of […]

Yangon suspends property project near Mya Yeik Nyo Royal Hotel

Residents are objecting to a real estate development project earmarked for construction near the Mya Yeik Nyo Royal Hotel at Pale Street, Bahan township, as it is near Kokkine reservoir, which supplies water to nine townships in Yangon. Locals are concerned about potential damage to the reservoir and water pumping station, as well as obstruction […]

New basic wage may take effect in April

The National Minimum Wage Council has sought the approval of the president for the new minimum wage of K4800 (US$3.60) per day to be enforced starting in April, a member of the committee told The Myanmar Times. “All the committee members, including the committee chair union minister, has proposed the wage to come into force […]

Japan to boost education partnership with Myanmar

Japan looks forward to more Myanmar students taking part in a student exchange program this year, said Koetsu Yamazaki, president of Kanazawa University in Kanazawa Japan. The Japanese government signed a memorandum of agreement with two Myanmar universities – the College of Science and Engineering, Department of Geology, Dagon University in 2016, and University of […]

Yangon furniture zone in the works

Local furniture makers and Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein met recently to thresh out details of a planned furniture industrial zone aimed at developing the country’s furniture industry. The planned industrial zone is also expected to boost the quality of the furniture products intended for exports, according to Kyaw Kyaw Win, president of […]

AYA Bank, MPU, JCB Introduce First Corporate Credit Card in Myanmar

Yangon and Tokyo, Nov 14, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank), a major commercial bank in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced that AYA Bank has launched the AYA Universal Corporate […]

Myanmar Watermelon Nabs China’s Off-Season Market Share

China’s domestic watermelon season ends in October—except for in Hainan where a small quantity of watermelon is being grown. Watermelons from Myanmar, however, are just coming into season. Myanmar’s watermelon is an off-season fruit that usually lists from November to May of next year. At present, Myanmar’s watermelon has taken over 80% of China’s off-season […]

Henkel Thailand expands footprint in consumer sectors

Building on 45 years of success in Thailand, Henkel continues to expand its presence in the adhesives and hair businesses and is aiming for greater growth, especially in the consumer sectors. Thailand has a large consumer market and a growing middle class, which are fueling the growth of various markets, such as automotive, beauty, electronics, […]