Can the regional government manage both old and new Yangon?

The Yangon region government has come under flak since March, when it announced the launch of a new Yangon City project at the west bank of Yangon River. If and when the first phase of the US$5 billion development is complete, it will include five village townships, two bridges, 26km of artery roads, 10 sq […]

Will Myanmar become a conduit for Iranian crude into China?

On June 1, sometime between the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in early May, and its demand in late June that Asian buyers fully halt Iranian oil purchases, PetroChina snuck in a shipment of Iranian crude through Myanmar to its Yunnan Petrochemical refinery in southern China. On any other route, this would have been just […]

DICA releases additional guidelines for education investments

The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has released a list of additional guidelines and specifications to structure developments in the Myanmar education sector. The list, which was announced by DICA on August 10, includes a total of 17 points and comes four months after the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) on April 20 issued […]

Telenor Survey Shows Myanmar Women Feel Happy and Optimistic When Using Mobile Phones

A recent Telenor Group survey showed Myanmar women found happiness and optimism as one of their top feelings associated with mobile usage. The survey which was conducted in six countries; Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden and Norway; with a sample of 1,300 professional women aged 25-40 gave interesting insight into the habits and values of […]

Grab cashes up for a bigger taxi fight

GRAB is arming itself for a long fight. The ride-hailing firm won one big battle earlier this year when it pushed US giant Uber out of South-east Asia. Much of its latest US$1 billion funding round will be spent in Indonesia, where the Singapore-based group is up against homegrown rival Go-Jek. That country is where […]

Lack of retail offerings in Myanmar yields growth opportunities for investors

Demand for retail space has been on the rise in Yangon, where the population has swelled and living standards are improving. Earlier this year, the government also permitted foreign ownership of local wholesalers and retailers and last month allowed businesses in the sector to trade in a total of 24 products. Ko Nay Min Thu, […]

Singapore Pledges Continued Support for Myanmar

Singapore’s foreign minister said the city-state and current ASEAN chair would continue to support Myanmar’s economic development and peace process through its many challenges. Speaking with journalists from across the regional bloc on Monday, Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore stood with Myanmar as it tackled economic challenges, civil war and the Rohingya crisis. Balakrishnan has met […]

Myanmar launches new companies law to adapt to current age

YANGON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has instituted a new companies law after amendment of its outdated Companies Act-1914 to adapt to the current age, registering an important milestone with its measures of promoting foreign investment. The new Myanmar Companies Law-2017 comes into effect from Wednesday, enabling a company’s registration process to be done electronically […]

Mall operator, Thai healthcare group launch Yangon hospital on high demand

Myanmar mall operator Ga Mone Pwint Co has teamed up with Thailand’s Thonburi Healthcare Group to start a new facility, Ar Yu International Hospital, in Yangon, where demand for high quality standards of healthcare is rising fast. The new US$70 million hospital, which will open in mid August, is the first such project in Yangon […]

Myanmar races to feed a growing Yangon

YANGON/BANGKOK — Rapid urbanization in and around Myanmar’s southern city of Yangon has turned up the pressure to develop goods and services that can meet the rising demand. The gap has provided an opening for companies in one of Southeast Asia’s least-developed countries. Local real estate and construction conglomerate Dagon International set up a modern […]