Warm response seen to ‘Myanmar Insight’ in Bangkok

GIVEN the rising interest in Myanmar’s economy this year, nearly 500 Thai businesspeople are expected to gather at the Myanmar Insight 2018 to be held in Bangkok next month, according to Nattawin Phongsphetrarat, vice president of Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM). He said at a press conference yesterday that the event would be held […]

Singapore-based Hayman Capital to provide loans to local SMEs

Hayman Capital based in Singapore is providing micro finance services for local small and medium enterprises, and loans will not be limited to businesses currently in operation. Hayman Capital has being doing business in Myanmar for over three years and profits were reported only for two years. The service is due to be extended later. […]

Yangon focuses on creating growth opportunities, raising living standards

The Yangon Regional Government is drawing up a master plan with the aid of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and Korea International Cooperation Agency to transform Yangon into an economic hub with job and business opportunities for residents and investors, according to a report on the government’s performance by state-owned media yesterday. Topping the list […]

SMEs need more funding, support system to expand further

Efforts to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over the past three years have so far not been sufficient to generate meaningful growth for the economy, experts said. While a higher volume of loans were dished out by state-owned and local banks, only a few SMEs have successfully expanded their operations in the past three […]

Fighting against potential financial risks

Reading through the 7/2017 directive by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) on the implementation of the Asset Classification and Provisioning Regulation, the words and phrases that captured my attention were: “cash flow pattern of the borrower”, “credit risk analysis” and “term loans with up to a maximum maturity of three years.” These technical terms […]

Financial services among the fastest growing sectors in Myanmar

The financial sector rose the most among 15 sectors managed by the government in the first six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, growing 22 percent as a result of the implementation of new financial services, U Set Aung, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting on Thursday. “If […]

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 […]