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Vietnam Eases Border Trade Restrictions With China to Help Virus-Hit Businesses

HANOI/LANG SON—Vietnam has eased restrictions on cross-border trade with China to prop up economic activities hit by the new coronavirus, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said on Thursday. China is Vietnam’s largest trading partner and the Southeast Asian country’s manufacturing sector relies on it for materials and equipment. China is also Vietnam’s key market […]

Trump’s latest “visa ban” poses a threat—and an opportunity—to Nigeria’s tech ecosystem

As part of new visa restrictions by the Trump administration, the US will no longer issue immigrant visas to Nigerian applicants. While Nigeria is not the only country affected by the “ban” (Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar will also face similar restrictions while Tanzania and Sudan have been excluded from the United States’ popular visa lottery […]

Myanmar Eases Travel Restrictions for Foreigners

Myanmar has revised travel restrictions for foreign visitors, removing some areas in four states and two regions from the restricted-area list and adding a number of new ones, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The places in Mon State where travel ban has been lifted are Kaylartha Taung, Kyaukpi Pagoda, Kyauktakhar Pagoda, Myatabeik […]

China’s sugar ban to be lifted or eased

There could be a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel for businesses involved in the sugar industry as a Chinese team will be in Myanmar to inspect sugar quality and the mills in a prelude to a resumption of sugar sales to China. Myanmar Sugar and Sugar Related Products Merchants and Manufacturers’ […]

Myanmar counts on tourism surge after eased visa restrictions come in

Khine Kyaw The Nation Yangon Myanmar expects to receive more visitors this year after eased visa restrictions for Western tourists take effect in October, a senior official said. Aung Aye Han, deputy director general of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, told The Nation on Wednesday that the authorities see a bright outlook for Myanmar’s […]

Industry proposes reducing visa restrictions for western tourists

Discussions will be made with the relevant departments to reduce visa restrictions on western travelers, said U Yan Win, chair of Myanmar Tourism Federation. The move comes after the government last year approved visa exemptions for tourists from Japan, China and South Korea in a bid draw more Asian travelers to Myanmar. “Granting visa exemptions […]

MIC to take action against foreign investment registering locally

A crackdown is coming to foreign investment circumventing rules by registering under the names of Myanmar citizens, according to Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) secretary U Aung Naing Oo. The commission first announced in early 2012 there would be a grace period for foreign investment to re-register properly and promised future action against offenders which did […]

Smaller foreign companies face restrictions on leases

Smaller-scale foreign businesspeople are having difficulty securing long-term leases, which is hampering foreign investment, businesspeople say. Foreign businesspeople investing large amounts in sectors like manufacturing usually apply for permits through the Myanmar Investment Commission and can receive leases lasting up to 50 years, with the possibility of extensions. Investment that does not require MIC approval […]

New auto restrictions may have little impact on quality of imports

With traffic congestion in Yangon bad and road accidents even worse, experts and customs officials are worried that new rules aimed at deterring importers from bringing in old and potentially unsafe vehicles will do little to resolve the situation. Ministry of Commerce spokesman U Min Min told The Myanmar Times that beginning next year, the […]

Foreign ownership scheduled in Condo Law

Foreigners will be eligible to own apartments on the 6th floor or above of condominiums, according to an official draft of the Condominium Law published on November 10 in The New Light of Myanmar. The full text of the draft law also specifies foreigners will be able to buy up a maximum of 40 percent […]