YSX’s Newest Trading Company Announces Base Share Price

​​ RANGOON — The Yangon Stock Exchange’s (YSX) newest trading company, First Private Bank (FPB), announced its base share price on Thursday, one day before trading is set to begin. The FPB will be start trading in YSX at January 20. The share base price for FPB is 39,000 kyats (US$28.50), with the upper limit set […]

Amendments to Myanmar Companies Act up for Parliamentary Discussion

​​ RANGOON — Suggested amendments to the Myanmar Companies Act have been written and submitted by the Ministry of National Planning and Finance to the government for discussion in upcoming Union Parliament sessions. The Myanmar Companies Act was established in 1914, when Burma was under British rule. The National Planning and Finance Ministry has, in […]

Visa and KBZ to Produce Kyat-Denominated Credit Cards

RANGOON — Burma’s KBZ bank and international payment provider Visa announced on Thursday that they would jointly issue new payment cards, after receiving the green light to do so from the Central Bank of Myanmar the day before. The Central Bank announced on Wednesday that international payment providers could now offer products and services in […]

Gold Exchange Market to Open in 2017

RANGOON — The Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association plans to open a gold exchange market in Rangoon this year. The official gold market has been in the works for three years, and various ministries are now assisting in its creation, said U Kyaw Win, general secretary of the association, at its 14th anniversary ceremony in Rangoon […]

Growing Economy Brings Rise in Fuel Oil Shipping from Singapore

​​ SINGAPORE — Burma’s oil imports are surging to fuel a fast-growing economy and rebuild rotting infrastructure, creating a small but profitable route for ships making a beeline for the emerging Southeast Asian nation from the regional hub of Singapore. Servicing growth that could top 8 percent this year is a clutch of small tankers […]

Light Manufacturing to Lead Way in Foreign Investment

​​ RANGOON — Burma’s light manufacturing sector will lead the way in foreign direct investment in 2017 although investor concerns over the country’s infrastructure persist, according to the local business community. Foreign investors visiting in the last year had questions over energy supply, transport and land issues and heavy industry manufacturers are hesitant to invest, […]

Thilawa SEZ Receives US$900 Million in Foreign Investment

​​ RANGOON — Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rangoon’s Thanlyin Township has received more than US$900 million in foreign investment since its launch in 2014, said a recent report issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). “Since the start of the operation, the SEZ has received US$903 million foreign investment,” MIC secretary U […]

Government Plans Monthly Meetings to Respond to Business Leaders

​​ RANGOON — Government leaders are planning to meet monthly with the local business community to listen to current problems and find solutions, Vice President U Myint Swe and National Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win pledged last week. The first monthly meeting received a positive response. The vice president and finance minister met […]

Analysts Say 2016 is the Worst Year for Rangoon Construction Sector

​​ RANGOON — Rangoon’s construction market faced its hardest year in 2016, as a result of changing government policies during a market cooldown, say critical industry observers. During the best development years, 2005 to 2014, high-end condominiums and low-cost apartments sprung up around Rangoon, construction and real estate observers said. As the market neared its […]

Singaporean Institute Surveys Family-Based Firms in Burma

RANGOON — Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Business Families Institute and consultant company Deloitte have been working together on the first survey of family business in Burma. The KBZ Group of Companies was the first of four businesses to be studied in connection with the research initiative. Titled “Paving a Way for a New Generation: A […]