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 […]

Japan constitutes nearly half of FDI in Thilawa SEZ

Japan has put investments of US$468 million into Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) so far, accounting for over 43 per cent of total foreign direct investments, according to Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development Limited. Thailand was second with FDI of over $130 million. The manufacturing industry attained the highest FDI of over US$773million, followed by the […]

Homebuyers Must be Transparent When Buying Property, Say Lawyers

Real estate lawyers have urged buyers and sell­ers to stop the practice of lowering the price of their properties on paper agreements to avoid pay­ing tax, saying it could damage the image of the industry. “Lowering prices on payment agreements to avoid tax could have far reaching consequences,” said U San Win Aung, Managing Director […]

Fiscal Year 2017-18: a New Dawn for Economic Policies

​​ The new fiscal year will start on April 1, which also marks the start of new laws and economic policies for Myanmar. The new Myanmar Investment Law, which was recently passed, will come into effect on April 1 and its implementation and enactment will spell changes for the country’s businesses and investors. A developing […]