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 […]

Telenor gears up to offer a Myanmar record for data speeds

AS MOBILE data consumption in Myanmar soars to some of the highest levels in the world, Telenor Myanmar plans to offer its subscribers a record speed for the country of 1 gigabyte per second (Gbps) in the near future, said Lars Erik Tellmann, the firm’s chief executive officer. Tellmann said at a press briefing on […]

Food2U raises six-digit investment

Food2U, Myanmar’s home-grown food delivery platform, has raised a six-digit investment from Premium Distribution, a distributor in retail, food services and non-food products, dealstreetasia reported quoting sources familiar with the development. Premium Distribution is known to be backed by City Mart Holdings, Myanmar’s icon in the retail industry. It imports and distributes products including brands […]

Myanmar’s mobile money services poised for expansion

THE rapid increase in the ranks of smartphone users in Myanmar is providing opportunities for the marketing of mobile money services in the country, a forum has heard. Stephen Swan, head of product and digital at Wave Money Myanmar, which provides the nation’s leading mobile wallet, said mobile penetration rates in Myanmar had exceeded all […]

IFC, Australia Back Nationwide Study on Myanmar’s Hydropower

AS MYANMAR needs more electricity to realise its development goals during the first civilian government’s term, two ministries have been holding a series of discussions until the third week of January to finalise the countrywide strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on hydropower potential by March. The series of discussions started with a stakeholder meeting in Myitkyina, […]

MPT expands IP-VPN service to 55 cities across Myanmar

Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has expanded its IP-VPN service to 55 cities across the country. According to MPT, enterprise customers using the IP-VPN service can now connect hard-to-reach locations or temporary sites into their virtual private networks. The expansion of the IP-VPN network includes Myitkyina, Kathar, Monywa, Magway, Taung Dwin Gyi, Yae Nan Chaung, […]

Yoma Strategic profits from equipment sales, KFC expansion in Myanmar

On October 27, Yoma Strategic, an affiliate of First Myanmar Investments Company (FMI), which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), announced a strong set of financial results for the period ended September 30. The company announced revenues amounting to S$59 million for the six months to September 30, 2017, representing an increase of […]