Rise in consumer spending drives City Mart’s digital transformation

THANKS TO THE significant rise in Myanmar’s consumer spending last year, City Mart Holdings Limited (CMHL), the nation’s top retailer, has embarked on virtualising its digital infrastructure in cooperation with VMware Inc, a global enterprise software provider. Arnel Redondo Reyes, head of information technology at CMHL, said at a press conference on Thursday that the […]

Grab on fast track to growth in Myanmar

Grab, a leading ridehailing service provider in Southeast Asia, is making plans to continue as the market leader in Myanmar with its new offerings for passengers and driver-partners, according to Alvin Loh, the firm’s acting country manager for Myanmar. Loh said in an interview that more and more passengers are enjoying ridehailing services operated by […]

Researchers study impact of Myanmar minimum wage rise

As part of an ongoing programme to improve labour conditions in the garment industry, a European multi stakeholder initiative has started a research project on living wages in Myanmar. The Southeast Asian nation’s legal minimum wage increased from MMK 3600 to MMk 4,800(US$3.5) per day in May, and now Fair Wear Foundation and Dutch trade […]

Better PR, infrastructure needed to woo more Korean investors

Myanmar must be more proactive and enthusiastic across its attempts to attract foreign investors, such as visiting with the countries it plans to attract investments from. It should also better communicate developments that would be of interest to investors, such as recent directives on liberalising the education and retail sectors, Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of […]

Relaunching Myitsone Hydropower dam could win investor confidence in Myanmar

Myanmar President U Win Myint on Thursday started a visit to Thailand, where he will attend the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phyra Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit. The summit is intended to promote regional economic integration by narrowing the development gaps among the five member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2015 when […]

Japanese beer company probing if donations went to Myanmar forces

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether its donations went to Myanmar’s military, accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims. Amnesty International has urged Japanese authorities to look into donations Kirin’s subsidiary Myanmar Brewery made in September and October last year. A televised ceremony for a US$6,000 donation showed the commander of Myanmar’s military. Tokyo-based […]

Myanmar’s eco-resorts open up Asia’s new tourism frontier

KAWTHAUNG, Myanmar — A few hours boat ride from the port of Kawthaung, a school of dolphins nudged up to our 30-meter wooden junk. As the captain cut the engine, their silver backs heaved in and out of view; all else was still. Behind us, the Tanintharyi coastline — Myanmar’s skinny southern tail, fringing the […]

Daibochi’s Myanmar ops lift 1Q net profit by 12%

KUALA LUMPUR (May 14): Daibochi Plastic and Packaging Industry Bhd said its new consumer packaging plant in Yangon, Maynmar, which commenced operation last July, helped lift its latest quarterly net profit by 12.3% to RM6.48 million, from RM5.77 million a year ago. This resulted in higher earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, […]

PetroChina’s Yunnan refinery exports first diesel cargo

PetroChina’s new 260,000 barrels per day (bpd) Yunnan refinery exported its first diesel cargo on April 29, the company said on Monday via its official newspaper. The cargo was due to be carried by truck from Anning city in southern Yunnan province to the Ruili port on the China-Myanmar border, the paper said. The cargo […]