Government woos private sector in construction of Yangon elevated ring road

The Ministry of Construction (MOC) is inviting the private sector to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to participate in the construction of an elevated four-lane ring road in Yangon. The MOC on May 18 invited both local and international companies interested in designing, engineering, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining the proposed expressway under a Public […]

Invitation to Kayah Investment Forum, 26 May 2018 at Loikaw

Background: Kayah State has vast and diversified land that enables various types of agriculture, tourism and other industries. The estimates population in 2017 was approximately 291,778. Kayah State is divided into 2 districts (Loikaw and Bawlake) which are divided into 7 townships with 106 wards and villages.. Kayah State is located in north latitude 18 […]

Great Hor Kham expands into hydropower, prepares for YSX listing

U Sai Ohn Myint, chair of the board of directors of Great Hor Kham Public Company, which will list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this year, isn’t too worried about trading volumes on the local bourse, which have all but collapsed since opening for business in early 2016. “I think investors will be able to […]

Disappointment at government hasn’t eroded support among businesses: academic

The disappointment at the current government’s sluggish economic reforms has not eroded the support among businesses, according to a Mandalay and Bangkok-based academic. On the contrary, businesses are worried that a failure of the administration will roll the country back to the junta era. The Myanmar Times talked to Pietro Borsano, lecturer at Mandalay International […]

MADB to help fuel growth across entire agriculture supply chain

Attempts will be made to lower interest rates at the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank (MADB) so that it is able to support the entire agriculture supply chain, according to U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance. He said that in the 50 years during which MADB has provided loans to farmers, the sector […]

International community eyes investing in industrial zones in Yangon

The international community has shown interest in establishing industrial zones in Yangon Region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “A lot of foreign investors want to set up industrial parks,” said Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of DICA. During the 14th regular meeting between Vice President Myint Swe and local […]

UMFCCI members push for lower tax rates

BUSINESSES at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry have urged Nay Pyi Taw to lower the tax rate, while the Internal Revenue Department said the tax rate has been lowered on an annual basis. Businesses collectively asked the tax rate to be reduced during the Chief Financial Officer conference (CFO […]

Businesses demand quicker reforms, policy clarity in 2018

After a somewhat “disappointing” 2017 for the private sector, during which key economic legislation failed to take shape as expected, leading businessmen and chambers of commerce have urged Nay Pyi Taw to be more decisive and efficient in implementing reform in 2018. Moving forward, the business community wants to see stronger leadership and direction from […]

Myanmar tackles food safety in bid to boost agricultural exports

MYANMAR plans to improve food safety in a bid to boost agricultural exports and extract more value from a sector that accounts for 38 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. Ye Tint Tun, director general of the Department of Agriculture, said exports of agricultural products made up 23 per cent of Myanmar’s export […]