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Myanmar Military-Backed Firm Rejects Minister’s Account of Power Meter Bidding Problems

Military-run Myanmar Economics Holding Public Company Limited (MEHPCL) on Friday said that a deputy minister’s comments in Parliament regarding problems with the procurement process for electricity meters over the past three years were unfair and had harmed the company’s reputation. In a statement, MEHPCL said Union Deputy Electricity and Energy Minister U Tun Naing’s comments […]

UK shifts trade policy on Myanmar to open markets further

Britain is signalling a shift in its trade policy on Myanmar to focus on opening up specific sectors where UK companies already have a foothold, including education, financial and professional services, infrastructure and energy. In an interview with The Myanmar Times, Warren Pain, director of international trade at the British embassy, set out how the […]

Despite unrest, Rakhine State still attracting foreign investor interest

Foreign investors are still showing interest in Rakhine State despite sanctions and international pressure applied due to the political unrest. And now that the state has better access to electricity, conditions are looking better for businesses to enter the state or expand. Projects related to China’s Belt and Road initiative remain a focus, with the […]

Locals Fear Coal-Powered Fish Factory in Southern Rakhine

YANGON—Locals in southern Rakhine State’s rural Kyaukphyu Township are concerned over the environmental impacts of a nearby, coal-powered fish cracker factory that appears almost ready to begin operating. The project, next to Kin Myauk Village, is 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of downtown Kyaukphyu and close to the newly-proposed, Chinese-backed Sea View Beach project on […]

Peninsula hotel shareholder eyes $1.6-billion project in Rakhine

YANGON—Singapore firm Huacheng International Resources Ltd and China’s Shanghai Bright Industry have jointly proposed a US$1.6-billion (2.41-trillion-kyat) development project to the Rakhine State cabinet. Representatives from the two firms visited Sittwe, the capital of conflict-ridden Rakhine State, on July 12 and met with National League for Democracy (NLD)-appointed Chief Minister U Nyi Pu. The state […]

Colliers Myanmar Mandalay Property Market Review 2018 and Outlook 2019

Summary & Recommendations Mandalay City continues to be a promising investment destination with big-ticket infrastructure and property projects being set in place. Township developments such as the Mandalay Resort City (NMRC), and Ye Dagun Taung mixed-use development, among others, are just some of these projects that will continually shape the city’s growing property landscape. Also, […]

New round of oil and gas exploration bids to be called soon

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has announced that it will be calling for bids on onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks for this year. The announcement was made for 18 onshore and 15 offshore blocks in Rakhine State during the Rakhine State Investment Fair 2019 on February 22. MOEE Minister U Win […]

Beware of Facebook, abuse of Section 66(d): digital forum

Myanmar needs to address the spread of fake news on social media by empowering local journalists, providing freer access to information, and pushing for more responsible and conscientious use of the internet, said participants at the third Myanmar Digital Rights Forum in Yangon last month. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we make […]

Selling Rakhine to the World

In the wake of the 2017 Rohingya crisis and ongoing fighting between the military and Arakan Army, the Myanmar government is desperate to attract investors to Rakhine State in hopes that they will help reverse the fortunes of one of the country’s poorest regions. To that end, it invited more than 600 of them to […]

Offering high hopes of realizing full growth potential from upcoming Rakhine State Investment Fair

Rakhine State has naturally an inherent potential for growth. But it has lagged behind other Regions and States in terms of commerce and social development after Independence in 1948 which has been invested with several kinds of insurgency. Economic development plays an important role in overall developments in Rakhine State; it is an agriculture-based State. […]