CMP garment sector may fetch $3bln this year

Export earnings from the CMP (cutting, making and packaging) garment sector are expected to exceed US$3 billion (4.1 trillion kyat) this year, according to the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association(MGEA). MGEA chair Myint Soe, said that the European Union “has topped the lists of garment order, followed by Japan, South Korea and other countries”. This year, […]

Expanding trade with India

INDIA has formed a Myanmar chamber of commerce in Yangon to boost trade and forge closer economic ties with the country. The move follows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here on September 5-7 and also comes after India imposed import restrictions on Myanmar’s pulses and beans last month. Currently, trade between the two countries […]

Monetising Myanmar’s potential

The recent opening up of the country presents an opportunity for technology leap-frogging, even as the burgeoning IT sector is increasingly looking for investments and expertise from foreign companies THERE is little doubt that we are entering the golden era of the information age where innovation is continuing to disrupt a number of industries. At […]

Pulse and bean sector moves on after India restricts imports

Myanmar has issued a blueprint to help its pulse and bean sector recover from a pullback in demand from India. The blueprint comprises five strategies to help the sector cultivate alternative crops and develop new markets for its pulses and beans, including cooperating with the private sector, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce U […]

Running Yangon’s largest hotel

The first thing one observes about Lotte Hotels & Resorts Yangon, Lotte Co’s newest hotel, is its sheer size: the property has 658 rooms. The second is the service. Step into the hotel and one is cheerfully greeted by employees eager to help with your umbrella and point you in the right direction. One wonders […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

Myanmar’s Infrastructure Deficit Outpaces the World

SYDNEY — A wide-ranging assessment of Myanmar’s infrastructure deficit and its ability to start closing the gap has found that the country is likely to meet only half of those investment needs by 2040, dampening hopes that it can lift the estimated 54 million population out of poverty by then. Of the 50 nations surveyed […]

Myanmar aims to attract more travelers from Japan

The ministry will be setting up booths which will showcase the pristine beaches and islands of the Myeik archipelago. Regional tourism ministers of Tanintharyi Region, Kayah, Rakhine and Kayin states would also be attending the expo to promote tourism development in their areas, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said. Among those that will be […]

Tariffs and policies: The crux of Myanmar’s power problem

In 2017, Myanmar is projected to generate a maximum of 2,700 megawatts of electricity, up from around 2,500 MW in 2016, as the population expands and demand for power in the country continues to rise. Yangon, its largest city, is expected to generate almost half, or 1,300 MW of the country’s maximum electricity demand for […]

Myanmar striving to lure foreign investment

Myanmar continued to strive for attracting foreign investment into the country in the current 2017-18 fiscal year which began in April. During the first four months of the fiscal year up to July, 3.1 billion U.S. dollars of the investment was brought in from 95 enterprises of 20 countries, creating 30,000 job opportunities for local […]