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CityMart replaces FMI to rank first in Pwint Thit Sa corporate disclosure report

Familiar names featured among the top ranked companies in the latest Pwint Thit Sa report on corporate governance and transparency, which for the first time assessed the performance of leading state-owned economic enterprises. The fifth Pwint Thit Sa report by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, completed in partnership with business consultancy, Yever, assessed information […]

National Planning Law Expects Highest Growth in Telecom, Industrial, Financial Sectors

Amid a slowing economy and complaints from the business community, Myanmar’s parliament has approved a National Planning Law for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which expects to see the highest growth rate in the country’s telecommunications, industrial and financial sectors. On Wednesday, President U Win Myint signed the bill with the approval of the Union Parliament […]

Representatives call for review of SOE law

Representatives of Parliament have urged lawmakers to review an existing law under which the government must bail out loss-making State-owned enterprises (SOEs) with public funds. A total of 17 out of the 26 Myanmar SOEs under the Union budget are expected to turn a profit in 2018-19, commencing October 1, according to the Ministry of […]

Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises show how much reform is still needed

NOTHING has been made in the engine factory in Thagaya, in the south of Myanmar, since April last year. Yet around 350 employees still turn up each day. In 2016 government-owned factories like this one made a loss of more than $200m. When Myanmar moved from military dictatorship to a form of democracy, its new […]

Shrouded in secrecy, SOE profits are not financing country’s development

Reallocation of excess savings from Myanmar Gems Enterprise (MGE) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) alone could provide more than K2.8 trillion in available financing for the government’s budget in the fiscal year starting from October, on top of covering expenses of the two state-owned enterprises. The government has lost more than US$2 billion […]

Government approves seven new express delivery providers

The government has officially granted permission to a total of seven new registered express delivery providers to carry out operations in the country. The registered service providers will provide postal and parcel express delivery services both domestically and internationally and will be managed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, according to a government notification. […]

Myanmar Timber Enterprise targets higher sales, commercial restructuring

State-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) is targeting sales of 5,000 tonnes of teak and 100,000 tonnes of hard wood during the six-month period between April and October this year. The sales are expected to generate K63 billion in revenues, MTE deputy general manager U Khin Maung Kyi told The Myanmar Times. Sales will be conducted […]

Myanmar’s First Private Pharmaceutical Factory Opens in Dagon Seikkan Township

Myanmar’s first privately owned pharmaceutical factory opened its doors in Dagon Seikkan Town­ship, Yangon on the third week of July. Located in Industrial Zone 1, Pacific Medi­cal Industries Limited’s (PMI) facility is a two-story building that in­cludes offices, a quality control area, and a mas­sive 16,630 square meter manufacturing floor. In an effort to relieve […]

Crop insurance to soon be offered

Crop insurance, which is of vital importance in agro-centric Myanmar, will soon be available to farmers who must regularly risk floods and other natural disasters that could potentially wipe out their harvest and their income for the season. A supervision committee on private insurance enterprises announced that private insurance companies established after 2013 will be […]

Indonesia Wijaya Karya team up with UMG to explore Myanmar

Indonesian publicly listed construction company PT Wijaya Karya will set up a joint venture company with Myanmar’s United Mercury Group (UMG) to help expand its business overseas. Wijaya Karya foreign affairs department manager Destiawan Soewarjono said on Thursday they would construct a precast factory and work on big infrastructure projects in Myanmar through the joint […]