Japanese manufacturers eye expansion opportunities

After investing heavily in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, Japanese businesses are now keen to expand in Myanmar, said Mr Satoshi Yamamoto, chief director of The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) told The Myanmar Times during a business development seminar in Yangon on October 9. “Japanese trade dealers were interested to invest in Thailand, Indonesia and […]

Myanmar taps Israeli expertise in agriculture

ISRAELI expertise and technologies in agriculture are supporting Myanmar’s efforts in reforming its vast agriculture sector, while the recently enforced investment protection agreement is expected to boost inward investments for Myanmar in the long run. Following the signing of an agreement for Reciprocal Promotion and Protecting of Investments between the two countries in October 2014, […]

Analysis: Australian Miner Eyes Opportunity Amid Conflict in Shan State

A recent announcement from Myanmar Metals, a mining firm listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, has described northern Shan State’s Bawdwin mining site as “one of the largest underdeveloped” zinc, lead, silver and copper deposits in the world. The company—which was, until August, known as Top End Minerals—is currently in the process of acquiring mining […]

Hantharwaddy airport priority for govt

THE planned Hantharwaddy International Airport is the only priority in the area of aviation under the National League for Democracy-led government, said U Win Khant, permanent secretary of Ministry of Transport and Communications. He made his comments in relation to the government’s Transport Master Plan during the sideline interview with The Myanmar Times at Myanmar […]

What is the Future of the Media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse. Its role is particularly important in new democracies, as societies develop both economically and politically, with the people given the opportunity to think critically and vote […]

Govt Investment Director Confident in Foreign Investment Despite Rakhine Conflict

YANGON — U Aung Naing Oo, director-general of Directorate of Investment and Company Administration under the Ministry of National Planning and Finance, talked to The Irrawaddy reporter Shwe Lay about foreign investment in Myanmar and the government’s plan to promote it. How much investment has Myanmar had over the past year? Which countries are the […]

Parliamentary Committee to Examine 24 State-Owned Factories

NAYPYITAW — The Lower House Investment and Industrial Development Committee will consider the termination or privatization of 24 loss-making state-owned factories—including the Myingyan Steel Factory which has received significant state investment. Committee member U Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo said: “A total of 24 factories are making a loss, most were suspended when parliament discussed the […]

Poverty Decreases, But Rural Areas Slower to Develop: Report

YANGON — The number of people in Myanmar living in poverty has decreased from 32 percent of the population in 2004 to 19 percent in 2015, according to a recent report. The World Bank and the Ministry of Planning and Finance analyzed data on living conditions from surveys conducted in Myanmar in 2004-5, 2009-10, and […]

Why Myanmar is important to Japan

From the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to a large-scale mixed development project just opposite Shwedagon Pagoda in the heart of Yangon City, Japan’s presence in Myanmar is growing fast. Since 2012, its combined investments in Thilawa and that approved by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) have risen by 6.3 times, to US$341 million in […]