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Letter: Insurance shouldn’t be excluded from competition policy

MADAM – I am writing to raise two concerns in response to your September 27 article “State insurer to be exempted from competition watchdog”. The major concern lies with the prospect of the insurance sector being exempted from the Competition Law. In this regard, I agree with your unnamed source that “If the competition law […]

MBEI: Measuring Myanmar’s business landscape with data for policymakers

Myanmar’s first business environment index, surveying nearly 5000 companies, reflects how the private sector views governance, transparency and efficiency as implemented by central and local government. The findings provide policymakers with a set of data for making evidence-based decisions. The Asia Foundation has published the first Business Environment Index (MBEI) for Myanmar, with the support […]

Getting serious about food safety in Myanmar

Every year, unsafe food and water kill more people worldwide than HIV, AIDS, malaria and measles combined, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Of the approximately 600 million people who fall ill after eating contaminated food, 420,000 die. Food safety—the practices occurring along the entire food chain to ensure food does not […]

Tough time for Mandalay’s iron smelting businesses

The iron smelting industry using iron scraps is facing challenges to survive, according to the business managers and owners in Mandalay. The industry’s challenges include the lack of technology, capital, skilled labour as well as regional competition – key difficulties shared by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in other sectors. What iron melting factories in […]

Loan scheme hinders SME growth

The availability of loan is one of the major challenges for development of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Mandalay region, according to a talk on the challenges of the SMEs. Head of Mandalay Region SME Department said: “The major challenges of SMEs in Mandalay are: capital, technology, market penetration, access to information and infrastructural […]

Kansai Electric and MHPS sign agreement for survey on power plant maintenance

The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) concluded an agreement for a preparatory survey on power plant maintenance using state-of-the-art technologies such as IoT and AI in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 3 July. The work was contracted to the two companies by the […]

Thai investors buoyed by CLMV investment climate

Following the strong economic growth in Asean, especially in CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar), Thai investors have expanded their regional investment by focusing on alternative energy, food and agriculture processing, tourism, and service business. According to a report by the Bank of Thailand, as of September 30, 2017 Thai investors showed outstanding direct […]

Soilbuild – a small Singapore construction firm that ventured into Myanmar 30 years after its founding

Soilbuild Construction Group took the plunge to expand overseas even though it was fully aware the move offered no guarantees of profit. Its executive director explains why. SINGAPORE: When it comes to ensuring the growth of our local companies, the most common refrain nearly all bosses of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) hear is this: […]

Myanmar drafts digital economy master plan

The Digital Economy Development Committee (DEDC) is drafting the Myanmar Digital Economy Development Master Plan to develop and regulate the country’s booming digital economy, committee member U Mya Moe Aung said. In addition, the DEDC will prepare a short-term (2-3 years) and a medium-term (3-5 years) working programme. It will start implementation when the master […]

Cocokyun, industrial zones in Yangon’s spotlight

THE development of Cocokyun township covering the islands in the northeastern Indian Ocean, as well as the flight and maritime access between the islands and the mainland, are included in Yangon Region’s plan, according to Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. Yangon Region will implement a three-year project which will focus mainly on the improvement […]