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SMEs need policies tailored for growth to flourish: MRCCI

The Mandalay Region government needs to have specific policies to boost small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to attract and grow high-skilled jobs. The Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) unveiled the 2019-2022 Mandalay Region Business Agenda last month suggested several initiatives including for taxation, regulations, labour and education that the regional government can […]

KB Kookmin Bank interested in expanding Myanmar business

KB Kookmin Bank, one of South Korea’s top four banks, is interested in expanding its presence in Myanmar with more financial products and services, especially in the areas of providing financing for housing and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs). KB Kookmin’s chief representative in Yangon, Kim Chang-woo, said the bank “is considering expanding its business in Myanmar […]

Kargo cuts out middleman to simplify goods transport

Kargo, a Yangon-based start-up founded by Australian Alexander Wicks in September 2016, is out to simplify a fragmented transport and logistics market and an opaque pricing structure for transporting goods in Myanmar. The company, which aims to directly link transport and logistics firms with customers, received US$800,000 in pre-Series A funding from Singapore-based Cocoon Capital […]

IFC takes stake in Yoma Bank in first for Myanmar

Yoma Bank has become Myanmar’s first commercial lender with a foreign stakeholder following a decision by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to convert a US$5 million loan into a five percent equity shareholding. The IFC, the investment arm of the World Bank Group, provided the convertible loan package to Yoma Bank in 2014 to help […]

Bonded warehouse programme set to provide boost to Myanmar industries

The Customs Department, Ministry of Planning and Finance, and the DaNa Facility, a UK aid funded programme, yesterday launched the Developing Custom Bonded Warehouse programme to introduce customs officers and relevant stakeholders to the potential of a bonded warehouse system in supporting the local industry. Bonded warehouses are specifically designed to support industry, particularly those […]

Mandalay to host SME trade fair for the first time

An international trade fair and economic forum for local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be held for the first time in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city from March 23-25. Mandalay Region Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI) Vice Chair Daw Khin Lay Myint said this was the first time the […]

World Bank cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%

The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and Pacific economic update released this month downgraded Myanmar’s GDP growth projections from the previous forecast, saying seasonal floods, rising cost, inflationary pressures and the Rakhine […]

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 […]

JICA to lend US$100m to local SMEs in 2018-19

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will lend 11.5 billion Japanese yen (K151.685 billion) to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fiscal year of 2018-19 through domestic banks. This decision was officially announced on September 5. The JICA’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) two-step loan will be managed by state-owned Myanma Economic Bank under its SME […]