Myanmar region woos French FDI

Myanmar’s underdeveloped Tanintharyi region bordering Kanchanaburi province plans to attract European investment mainly from French companies in the months to come, according to Phyo Win Tun, planning and finance minister of the Tanintharyi region government. “At the regional government, we frequently receive business delegations from Europe, including France, Italy, Czech as well as from other […]

No approvals required for commercial livestock farming investments below $5M

Only capital investments in commercial livestock farming exceeding $5 million or K6 billion will require approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission on Wednesday. Investments in commercial livestock farming below $5 million will no longer require government approval. Investments in livestock and fisheries, which include those in […]

Government Commits to Long Term Aquaculture Development; Starts Dialogue on Issues

Myanmar has taken its first major step towards developing a sustainable aquaculture industry that will meet domestic dietary needs and support the country’s fishery exports business at a time when wild fish stocks are declining rapidly. “The fisheries sector is one of the most important for our ministry, contributing to the protein needs of our […]

Myanmar Watermelon Nabs China’s Off-Season Market Share

China’s domestic watermelon season ends in October—except for in Hainan where a small quantity of watermelon is being grown. Watermelons from Myanmar, however, are just coming into season. Myanmar’s watermelon is an off-season fruit that usually lists from November to May of next year. At present, Myanmar’s watermelon has taken over 80% of China’s off-season […]

Border trade down by $165 million

The value of border trade from 1st April to 25 August this fiscal year was down by US$165 million when compared to that in the same point of last fiscal year. Border trade from 1st April to 25 August this fiscal year hit $2.77 billion — $1.65 billion in exports and $1.12 billion in imports, […]

Timber group replaces sub-contractors with service providers

This comes after it previously said no more sub-contracts would be issued. It announced that the decision to hire service providers was due to the MTE’s capacity limits. Experts have questioned the differences between sub-contractors and service providers and argued that transparency is essential in any reformed processes. Last year, the MTE announced that it […]

Timber industry faces challenges in the voluntary partnership agreement process in forest governance

“The government has concerns and the fact that is does not have the trust of multiple stakeholders is a challenge for the process. “Every change implies sacrificing the interests of certain people, or things, for a certain time but it will be a benefit in the long run, resulting in a sustainable enterprise,” he said. […]

MOC unveils new agricultural export reform plan

The Myanmar government outlined an agricultural trade plan to improve the nation’s struggling export trade sector, according to an article in yesterday’s edition of Myanma Alin Daily newspaper. The plan will address challenges including municipal container truck bans, paperwork hurdles and administrative obstacles that complicate export logistics and result in higher and less competitive prices […]

Trade deficit hit US$1.4 billion in past three months

Myanmar’s trade deficit reached US$1.4 billion in the past three months, according to the Commerce Ministry. External trade from 1 April to 30 June this was an estimated $7.7 billion. Exports were worth $3.2 billion and imports were $4.6 billion. Myanmar’s export market includes extractives including minerals, natural gas, agriculture and fisheries products. Agribusiness plays […]

How does mining benefit Myanmar?

Author: Jan Dharmabandu is a mining engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist attached to Perth based Ensys Consultants. This article originally appeared in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 30th May 2017 as “What is & Why Mining: a Perspective from Myanmar”.   Each year about 5 billion tonnes of minerals are mined from the […]