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OCBC, UOB provide US$44m green loan to Myanmar conglomerate

THE Yangon branches of OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank (UOB) have extended a US$44 million green loan to Myanmar’s Shwe Taung Group. Close to US$30 million of the loan came from OCBC, while UOB provided the balance, according to a joint statement by OCBC and Shwe Taung on Wednesday. The Myanmar conglomerate’s subsidiary, City […]

Trade War Could be ‘Silver Lining’ for Myanmar

Myanmar has to move to tap into opportunities created by trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies, said a senior Singaporean academic. The US-China trade war has provided “silver linings” for many countries, such as Vietnam. in the Southeast Asia region, said Simon Tay, Chairman of Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), in the […]

Aik Htun: Driver turned Tycoon

For the owner of a business of any size, integrity is key. This is the principle that has brought U Aik Htun, one of the richest businessmen in Myanmar, through ups and downs. “The biggest secret of success is honesty and integrity,” said U Aik Htun, chair of conglomerate Shwe Taung Group, speaking in fluent […]

Ministry issues notice to proceed for Deedoke hydro project

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has issued a notice to proceed to the developers of the 60-megawatt Deedoke hydropower project in Mandalay Region. Ministry officials signed the notice with the developers – Andritz of Austria, Kansai of Japan and High Tech Construction Trust, which is a subsidiary of Myanmar’s Shwe Taung Group – at […]

Fixing the tourism industry

The govt wants to lure tourists back to Myanmar. Will its efforts work? The Myanmar tourism industry has suffered from a big drop in tourists due to the unfolding refugee crisis in northern Rakhine. With the number of visitors from the US and Europe declining sharply over the past year, some tour companies and hoteliers […]

Shwe Taung completes Yuzana blocks with new technology, targets more work in Dagon Seikkan

Infrastructure developers at Dagon Seikkan township, Yangon Region, have experimented successfully with modern construction techniques aimed at saving time and costs as well as building sustainable living conditions. Last week, local real estate developer Shwe Taung Group, which is involved in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to develop the Yuzana low cost housing project in Dagon […]

A New Harbinger of Good Governance – Myanmar’s Institute of Directors

This week marks the launch of an important market institution – the Myanmar Institute of Directors (MIoD), the first independent, private sector-led organization promoting best corporate governance standards and practices in the country. This is a significant step in Myanmar’s ongoing market reforms and sends a strong signal to the global business community the country’s […]

Collier Property Report – UPPER-SCALE HOTEL Q4 2017

New Supply to Bolster Pressure in the Market Yangon’s upper-scale hotel segment has trailed a bumpy road as of Q4 2017. Occupancy levels continue to weaken despite further reductions in the average daily rates. To gain leverage over the already stiff competition, Colliers advises hotels to continually differentiate and shape their offerings in line with […]

Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project to Continue

The Union government will select a winner for the tender of the Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project by next month, U Htun Aung Thin, general manager of Myanma Railways (lower Myanmar). Under the project, Yangon Railway Station is to be redesigned and rebuilt as an international standard railway station equipped with modern business outlets […]

Singapore’s Pan Pacific opens new hotel in Yangon, remains confident of long term ROI

Wee Wei Ling, executive director of Pan Pacific Hotel Group, isn’t at all worried about the glut in hotel rooms in Yangon. “There is definitely an oversupply. In fact, tourism has been declining recently. But we are long-term investors in Myanmar. We see the potential of this country and we would like to grow with […]