Dilemma on minimum wages could lead to better productivity

Concern is rising among employers over demands that the minimum wage be raised to K4,800- K6,600 ($4-$5.20) per day from K3,600 per day currently. That’s a potential increase in wages of more than 80 percent, a move which, if implemented, could put many companies out of business. The Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar (CTUM), […]

Why the construction sector is ailing and how it could recover

To help the construction and real estate sectors expand and stay profitable, government support in the form of tax and loan policy reforms is necessary, developers said. Currently, developers must pay taxes of up to 10 percent on the sale of condominium units priced between K100 million to K500 million. Meanwhile, buyers must pay a […]

SMEs voice frustration over confusing government policies as challenges mount

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still struggling to compete and expand five years after U Thein Sein’s former government established a central committee to support the sector and after the Central Bank of Myanmar recently permitted banks to approve loans without collaterals. On top of limited access to capital, insufficient supporting infrastructure, high taxes […]

Businesses urge overhaul of banks’ loan policy

Banking experts and senior officers from the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) said Myanmar must change its loan policy to make it easier for businesses to access debt for growth. In Myanmar, loans issued to businesses are approved based on collateral and are mostly extended over a short term. Compared to other countries, the […]

New insurance scheme to provide aid in obtaining loans

Co-operative Bank (CB) is preparing to launch a new Credit Guarantee Insurance (CGI) system so that it can extend wider financial assistance to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). CGI covers businesses against non-payment of debts owed to them by business customers for goods or services provided on credit terms. As part of that […]

Unblocking the path to capital freedom for SMEs

Myanmar’s financial sector must progress towards becoming more inclusive of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which form the backbone of the country’s economy, but face difficulties obtaining access to funds for expansion and growth. “We need to liberalise the financial sector to encourage start-ups and support SMEs. This involves integrating the full-range of financial services […]

Private banks hike lending to SMEs

SMALL and medium enterprises in Myanmar will soon get greater access to finance as private banks plan to extend more credit to boost the economy, according to speakers at the Amcham Financial Services Forum held last week. Zaw Lin Aung, managing director of KBZ Bank, the largest private bank in Myanmar with the largest retail […]

Myanmar Government reveals economic policy goals

The government has presented its long-awaited economic policy in which it aims to develop a market-oriented system “in all sectors” and establish an economic framework in support of national reconciliation. A 12-point document released today, seen by The Myanmar Times, puts national reconciliation as the top priority, based on a “just balancing of sustainable resource […]

Singapore firms keeping an eye on changes in Yangon

Business associations and companies in Singapore are hopeful that Myanmar will continue to be an attractive investment destination after an election set to reshape the country’s political landscape. The ruling party in Myanmar conceded defeat on Monday after the country held its first free election in 25 years on Sunday, as the opposition led by […]

Mandalay Hopes to Woo Foreign Investors

Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) will hold an investment fair on September 30 in Mandalay region for the first time, in the hopes of attracting more investment in upper Myanmar. “Our main purpose of holding this fair in Mandalay is to increase foreign investment in Mandalay region, and also to promote Mandalay’s small and medium enterprises. […]