Myanmar Food Delivery Startup Food2U Nabs Six-Digit Funding, Set to Expand Operations

Food2U, a Yangon-based startup, told DealStreetAsia it has raised a six-digit funding round with the intention of using the money to facilitate expansion plans. Nay Min Thu, the Founder of iMyanmarHouse.com and an investor in Food2U, told DealStreetAsia that the investors are people from the real estate industry. The company use the financing to grow within Myanmar — both to forge […]

How microfinance can help Myanmar meet its major funding needs

Myanmar’s economy has logged one of the fastest growth rates in the world since it opened up in 2011, but its development of channels for financing such growth has not kept pace. The stock market, which began trading in March 2016, has just four listings, and overall market capitalization is equivalent to less than 1% […]

Deadly secret: The illegal abortions killing Myanmar’s women

Yangon, May 2 (AFP) Thiri’s heart started pounding and her whole body shook after she swallowed the final dose of pills that would end her unwanted pregnancy in a Yangon hotel. Her boyfriend had abandoned her after finding out she was pregnant — a familiar story in Myanmar, where many consider women “ruined” if they […]

Unilever forms Myanmar JV for home and personal care products

May 4 (Reuters) – Consumer goods maker Unilever signed a joint venture deal with Myanmar’s Europe and Asia Commercial Co Ltd (EAC), combining their home and personal care businesses to accelerate sales in a newly emerging market. The joint entity, with annual sales of more than 100 million euros ($109 million), will provide both companies […]

Japan’s IHI inaugurates heavy concrete factory joint venture in Myanmar

IHI Corp. held an opening ceremony Sunday for its heavy concrete factory in Myanmar, becoming the first Japanese plant producing pre-stressed concrete products in Southeast Asia’s newest emerging market. The Tokyo-based heavy industry company, in partnership with Myanmar’s Construction Ministry, opened the $12.2 million facility in the Myaungdagar Steel Industrial Zone in Hmawbi, located about […]

Myanmar Joins South Asian Bloc Focussed on Transport, Energy

Myanmar has joined a regional partnership aimed at improving trade links between Southeast Asia and South Asia. The move makes Myanmar the seventh member of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) group, which is supported by the Asian Development Bank. The group’s key aims are to promote cross border trade in energy, to improve […]

World Bank to Loan $100 Million to Myanmar Financial Development Project

WORLD Bank and government representatives recently signed an agreement for a US$100 million (K134.9 billion) World Bank loan to the Myanmar Financial Development Project in mid-April. The representatives signed the loan for SDR71.700 million, which equals US$100 million, from the World Bank with low interest. Ulrich Zachau, country director, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Pacific […]

Oil Pipeline Through Myanmar Highlights China’s Growing Import Dependence

Oil began flowing into a crucial pipeline in Myanmar this week, after years of delay. The pipeline, along with a twin natural gas line running along the same route, is an essential element of China’s strategy to diversify its sources of oil supply. When the pipeline reaches maximum capacity, it could account for as much […]

Myanmar Youth Need Digital Training for Tomorrow’s Job Market – Microsoft Boss

Myanmar must train a new digi­tally literate gen­eration to keep pace with its rapidly expanding IT sector, a senior manager at Microsoft has said. Michelle Simmons, the software giant’s general manager for new markets in Southeast Asia, said it was a “key priority” for Myanmar to train pro­fessionals to enable the country’s “digital trans­formation.” Speaking […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]