Construction sector under threat from high tax, interest rates

Unreasonably high tax and interest rates could lead to the collapse of Mandalay’s already ailing construction sector, U Shein Win, vice chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) told The Myanmar Times last Friday. Capital gains tax on the sale of a property in Myanmar is currently 30 percent, which is deterring activity in […]

Serge Pun goes Where Others Fear to Tread

WHERE others see operational and regulatory risks in setting up businesses in Myanmar, Burmese tycoon Serge Pun sees opportunities – openings that he says wouldn’t fall into his lap in highly regulated and mature markets like Singapore and Hong Kong. In an interview with The Business Times on Thursday, the chairman of the Serge Pun […]

Tussle over Myanmar bank reform puts spotlight on debt pile

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s central bank has backed off from a demand that the country’s private banks clear most of their loan books by January, averting a cliff-edge scenario that some bankers warned could have destabilized the financial system. Myanmar’s central bank deputy governor, Soe Thein, told Reuters that three years – instead of the […]

Belt and Road shields Myanmar from Beijing’s capital crackdown

BEIJING’S recent crackdown on outbound investments does not affect Myanmar because of its involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The sectors targeted by the restriction do not concern investment projects here, which are mostly infrastructure and energy-related. The Chinese government is blacklisting businesses which violate foreign investment rules as part of a broader […]

Chinese car manufacturer expands to Mandalay

CHINESE manufacturer expects the production of seven types of cars to commence in Mandalay Industrial Zone in the near future, according to Yan Yu, Shining Star International Holdings (SSIHL) chair. SSIHL is involved in real estate, hospitality, property management, education, healthcare and tourism related enterprises in China and Myanmar. The exact location within the Mandalay […]

Unblocking the path to capital freedom for SMEs

Myanmar’s financial sector must progress towards becoming more inclusive of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which form the backbone of the country’s economy, but face difficulties obtaining access to funds for expansion and growth. “We need to liberalise the financial sector to encourage start-ups and support SMEs. This involves integrating the full-range of financial services […]

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 […]

Urban Landscape: Yangon — A Missed Investment Opportunity?

WE were fortunate to be among the first real estate consultants to do business in Myanmar. Since 2012, we have seen a rapid transformation of the urban landscape in Yangon. During a recent trip to conclude a consultancy work for a Japanese client, we are glad to see some of our earlier consulting work completed […]

Twelve enterprises recently permitted by MIC

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) permitted 12 enterprises which are in line with investment regulations and laws in the current fiscal year 2017-2018, according to a recent meeting of MIC. A total of 4,343 job opportunities are created from those permitted enterprises. They consist of two Myanmar citizen enterprises, two foreign enterprises and eight joint […]