Myanmar’s Manufacturing Sector Attracts over 1.5 Bln USD of Foreign Investment in 9 Months

​​ YANGON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s manufacturing sector attracted 1.55 billion U.S. dollars of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first nine months of present fiscal year 2017-2018, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Friday. It was followed by real estate sector with 1.06 billion U.S. dollars and other service […]

More Asian Travellers Expected to Arrive in 2018

Industry players forecast tour packages from Asian markets to jump 25 percent in 2018 and 2019, while arrivals from European countries could dip by almost 20pc for the same period. U Khin Zaw, advisor of the Union minister of Hotels and Tourism, told The Myanmar Times on January 3 that the change in arrival pattern was […]

YSH’s real estate head upbeat on their Yangon landmark project

Cyrus Pun, Executive Director of Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, says the Yoma Central is considered one of the largest foreign direct investments in Myanmar’s real estate sector with an investment of more than US$700 million. In a recent interview with Mizzima, Mr Cyrus Pun said the landmark project is important for the real estate sector […]

Serge Pun goes Where Others Fear to Tread

WHERE others see operational and regulatory risks in setting up businesses in Myanmar, Burmese tycoon Serge Pun sees opportunities – openings that he says wouldn’t fall into his lap in highly regulated and mature markets like Singapore and Hong Kong. In an interview with The Business Times on Thursday, the chairman of the Serge Pun […]

Sink-or-Swim Time for ASEAN Latecomers as Tariffs Come Down

HANOI — Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are no longer getting the kid-gloves treatment in the ASEAN Economic Community. As late entrants to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the four countries were initially exempted from abolishing some tariffs when the bloc established the AEC at the end of 2015. As of Monday, however, they […]

Modi Backs India-Myanmar-Thailand Highway’s Indochina Extension

NEW DELHI — India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its efforts to counter China’s Belt and Road Intiative (BRI) project. Connectivity with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, […]

SolarHome to invest $5m more in Myanmar

MYANMAR’S huge demand for solar power to serve millions of people in rural areas who cannot reach the national grid has pushed SolarHome, a regional solar provider for off-grid households, to expand further through US$5 million (Bt164 million) in investments next year. Mila Bedrenets, chief sales and marketing officer at SolarHome Myanmar, said in an […]

Myanmar to Become Member of APN, Upgrade Card-Based Services

​​ Myanmar will become a member of the Asian Payment Network (APN), which was established to create a common payment settlement platform within the Asia-Pacific region, said U Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU). MPU has already met with officials from APN, and is waiting for the membership announcement to be made, […]

Grab Partners Shwe Taung to Launch Taxi Terminals

Ride-hailing company Grab will cooperate with Shwe Taung Real Estate to provide Grab taxi terminals at the developer’s shopping centers and office blocks to further expand its presence in Yangon. For Grab, the aim is to make it easier for visitors to Shwe Taung properties, which include malls and office buildings, to book and catch […]

Bumpy Ride for Tourism Seen in 2018

The tourism industry this year went beyond expectations despite the sudden outbreak of violence in the northern Rakhine State that gave the country a negative image, but the sector is expected to face a more challenging environment next year. Tourist arrivals in the first 11 months this year was 20 per cent higher compared with the […]