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Myanmar appoints ex-world bank economist deputy minister

The Myanmar President’s Office on Thursday appointed former World Bank economist and poverty specialist Dr. Min Ye Paing Hein as deputy industry minister. Among his responsibilities will be promoting private investment in state-owned enterprises to make them commercially viable. Aged 41, the holder of a PhD from a US university will be the youngest minister […]

In rural Myanmar, rail lines founder while military spends

The pre-dawn air is crisp at Saikkhaung village, in Myanmar’s largely rural Shan State, as I board the 5 a.m. train for the three-hour journey to Taunggyi, the state capital. Women sit on the floor in the passenger coaches, stringing together sardine-sized fish to be sold in the daily market near Taunggyi railway station, alongside […]

Tom n Toms plans Myanmar expansion

South Korean Cafe chain Tom n Toms has started to launch outlets in Myanmar. Tom n Toms Myanmar has opened two locations in Yangon so far, at the international airport and the Kantharyar Centre, with a third planned for Yankin Township. Information from Myanmar International Business Alliance Company operation director Aung Sithu Khant revealed a […]

OUELH expands into Myanmar healthcare with US$19.5m acquisition

OUE Lippo Healthcare (OUELH) is venturing into Myanmar with stake acquisitions in two joint venture companies that own three hospitals, one medical centre and two clinics. This will give the company presence in the key cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi, the subsidiary company of OUE Limited said on Thursday. OUELH’s wholly owned units have […]

Ministry of electricity and energy invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers MOEE-NEP/C1-W4/18, closing date: 29 October 2018.

Specific procurement notice Date : 12th September, 2018 Invitation for Bids IDA, Credit No : 5727-MM Contract Title: Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers for Shan (East), Shan (South), Shan (North) & Bago (East), Naypyitaw for National Electrification Project Reference No : MOEE-NEP/C1-W4/18&MOEE-NEP/C1- W5/18 1. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar has received financing […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

Myanmar likely to open more sectors to FDI

A SURGE in interest among global players following the liberalisation of Myanmar’s education sector to foreign investors has motivated the authorities to continue opening up the economy in other restricted sectors. Thant Sin Lwin, deputy director general at the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), said at a press conference on Tuesday that Myanmar […]

Myanmar-China Friendship Association eyes enhanced Myanmar-China ties

YANGON, May 13 (Xinhua) — The Myanmar-China Friendship Association on Sunday laid down a seven-point program to be implemented in the future, with the association chairman U Sein Win Aung calling for building friendship with neighboring countries. The program, adopted at the 5th annual meeting of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association (Central) held in Yangon, is […]

Are municipalities Myanmar’s champions of reform?

2017 was a difficult year for Myanmar. The rocky peace process and crisis in Rakhine have complicated the government’s effort to put together a reform agenda following five decades of authoritarian rule. In such a challenging context, it is easy for bureaucratic inertia to set in and for people within government to become more risk […]