Yoma Launches Agribusiness Finance Program with LIFT

​​ Farmers will have better access to funding under a new Yoma Bank scheme, and can use it to buy much-needed agricultural machinery. The bank announced the launch of its Agribusiness Finance Program (AFP) in Yangon on December 15. The new program cuts the down payment on a hire purchase agreement from 30 percent to […]

Mortgage Financing, Tourism Infrastructure Key to Real Estate Sector – Myanmar Property Awards Judge

​​ The third annual Myanmar Property Awards finished accepting nominees this week, with the shortlist due to be unveiled in May next year. Last year’s ceremony, organised by PropertyGuru, recognised local property conglomerate Shwe Taung Development with the best developer awards, while business magnate Serge Pun picked up the Real Estate Personality of the Year […]

First Myanmar Investment First-Half Profit Jumps 52% on Year

​​ YANGON — First Myanmar Investment said Tuesday its net profit surged by 51.9%, year on year, to 6.2 billion kyat ($29.1 million) in the first fiscal half ended Sept. 30. Revenue at one of Myanmar’s largest public company jumped 49.4% on the year to 74.6 billion kyat. By sector, financial services contributed 67.4 billion kyat to […]

World’s Youngest Stock Market Struggles in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The day’s trading is about to begin on the world’s youngest stock exchange, and the MYANPIX index and opening share prices flash across an electronic screen, but barely a footfall or a voice are heard within the cavernous, colonial era building in the bustling heart of Myanmar’s commercial capital. A gilded […]

Myanmar Companies Ramping up Tourism Industry

YANGON — Leading companies in Myanmar are building up the tourism industry in a bid to capitalize on the increasing number of foreign visitors to the Southeast Asian country since democratic reforms took place. First Myanmar Investment signed an agreement in October with its Singapore-listed affiliate Yoma Strategic Holdings and other companies, including SHC Capital Asia, […]

More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]

A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

Myanmar’s best-known business house is joining up with multinationals

THE maroon hot-air balloons which carry tourists over Bagan—an ancient city teeming with crumbling red-brick temples—are famous in Myanmar. The fleet belongs to one of the country’s best-known tycoons. Since the pariah nation began to open up in 2011, Serge Pun has gradually transformed an empire built on property into a conglomerate with interests in […]

Major Myanmar’s real estate project wins lease extensions

A half billion dollar real estate development in Myanmar’s commercial capital has gained critical lease extensions from the ministry of transport, its developer said on Wednesday. The Landmark Development, backed by Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., located in Yangon, has been stalled since 2012 without them. The centerpiece of the 10 acre mixed-use property is […]

Mitsubishi to begin Myanmar project

YANGON – Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp said Tuesday that it has agreed with Mitsubishi Estate Co to commence work on a mixed-use landmark development project in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, in collaboration with Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd and local firm First Myanmar Investment Co. The project, which will cover 200,000 square metres of residential, […]