Ponzi Scheme Takes Millions From Rural Myanmar

In the wake of My­anmar’s most wide­spread and finan­cially devastating ‘Ponzi scheme,’ millions of dollars have been lost, thousands of people de­frauded, and a myriad of ministries left pointing fingers. In December 2016, Sax­on Capital Limited (SCL) began selling shares to residents of Pyay, Bago, Mawlamyine, and other townships promising an 80 percent return on […]

Made Island Offshore Supply Base Receives Green Light

Myanmar Chemical & Machinery Co (MCM) will fork out over US$96 million (K130 billion) under the Myanmar Citizen Investment Law to build an offshore supply base on Made Island in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine State, project director U Tin Soe told The Myanmar Times. The location lies along the 1,000-mile Rakhine-to-Kawthoung coastline, where a host of international […]

Mandalay likely to hit US$600 million FDI target for 2017-18

The Mandalay region is set to achieve its US$600 million foreign direct investment (FDI) target for 2017-18. FDI in April-June has already exceeded US$582 million, which is around 90 per cent of the target, data released by the Mandalay Region Investment Committee showed. Under the new Myanmar Investment Law enacted in Oct 2016, Region and […]

The construction of BCIM Economic Corridor vs. Myanmar

The BCIM Economic Corridor is the economic link connecting the Ganges River of India, the Ayerwaddy River of Myanmar, and the Mekong River of Indo-China. It is the lead bridge connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is a market focus point for China, South and South East Asia. Therefore, building of the […]

Only high-tech firms for hydro, coal power

Only companies and countries with access to the latest technologies and technologies which minimise environmental impact will be considered to take part in hydro and coal power projects in Myanmar, a senior official from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times. “For electricity generation sources, we are planning to consider only the […]

Ministry Aims to Boost Productivity of Fishing Sector With Data Gathering Drive

The Ministry of Agri­culture, Livestock, and Irrigation has launched a study into the fish farming and ocean fishing industries aimed at identifying producers and regions who stand to benefit most from finan­cial and technical assis­tance. U Hla Kyaw, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation, said officials have spread out across Myanmar for the […]

Split visions of Dawei’s future as Thailand, Myanmar restart special economic zone project

The governments of Thailand and Myanmar are set to restart the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone, after both countries set up a joint coordinating committee to work out investment details of the project. In 2008, both countries signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a massive land area of 200 […]

Commit-and-Act Approach Expected Among Investors

Despite the 30 percent drop in FDI compared to the preceding year, the inward FDI in the financial year 2016-17 was moderately satisfactory, with US$6.6 billion. That amount mainly derived from the transport and communications sector. The sector alone attracted US$3 billion FDI, making it the top sector in terms of FDI. However, it is […]

Myanmar opens Thilawa SEZ to foreign insurers

Myanmar is opening up its Thilawa special economic zone near Yangon to international insurance companies — part of a market liberalization effort expected to gain momentum this year. The government does not allow foreign insurers to offer their services outside of Thilawa — a Myanmar-Japanese joint venture and the country’s only operational SEZ. Only three […]

Fiscal Year 2017-18: a New Dawn for Economic Policies

​​ The new fiscal year will start on April 1, which also marks the start of new laws and economic policies for Myanmar. The new Myanmar Investment Law, which was recently passed, will come into effect on April 1 and its implementation and enactment will spell changes for the country’s businesses and investors. A developing […]