In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial services are springing up. […]

MP calls on Yangon to convert idle buildings and land into money earners, job generators

A regional legislator has proposed that the Yangon government seizes idle buildings and land plots and turn it into productive assets that would not only earn income for the government but also generate employment for the people. MP U Hla Htay from Mingalar Taung Nyunt township noted in his proposal to Yangon Region Parliament on […]

Car import permits down 60pc in 2017-18

Applications for the import of passenger vehicle is down by more than 5,000 so far this fiscal year compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister for Ministry of Commerce. The government has been trying to limit the import of cars to control traffic congestion in the […]

Myanmar to learn from Malaysia on ease of doing business

In order to raise its rank on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, a Myanmar delegation recently visited Malaysia, which is much higher on the index, to study the situation there. Their findings will be reported to the ministries and Vice President, said U Aung Soe, director of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Team. […]

High potential of Myanmar Economy

The topic of economic transformation in Myanmar was thoroughly discussed at the Forum on Myanmar Democratic Transition held from 11 to 13 August 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw. The talks could generally be summed up that despite the slow economic take-off in Myanmar, the good potential of the Myanmar economy will be seen in the […]

Ministry Reduces Taxes For YSX Companies, Markets to Gain

The Ministry of Plan­ning and Finance reduced income-tax for companies listed on the Yangon Stock Ex­change by 5 percent to incentivize companies to list on the nascent capital market, U Htay Chun, a member of the Securities and Exchange Commis­sion of Myanmar (SECM), told Myanmar Business Today. In a bid to bolster the developing market […]

Mandalay: 107 restaurants and a hotel fined for not having stamp duty

The Internal Revenue Department fined the owners of 107 restaurants and a hotel who failed to bear the stamp duty in their sale vouchers in Mandalay for the period from April to September, 2016, said U Kyaw Aung Moe, Assistant Director of Regional Internal Revenue Department. “It is not our country alone that assesses taxes—every […]

Illegal foreign workers in construction sites to be scrutinized

Illegal foreign workers in Yangon construction sites will be inspected by regional authorities, said Yangon Regional Hluttaw Pabedan township Constituency 1 representative U Than Naing Oo. The inspection team will be formed with officials from regional Hluttaw and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). A list of construction sites will be request from YCDC, it is […]

Tax documents no barrier to business visas

Foreign nationals will not have to provide tax documents to receive either a business or an employment visa, according to immigration officials, although new regulations had indicated this would be necessary. The new regulations, which came into force on January 11, also altered who is eligible to apply to enter Myanmar under a business visa. […]

Hoteliers claim to face double taxes for liquor licences

Hotels that serve liquor are groaning under the burdens of taxation and red tape, hoteliers have complained, as police raided hotels in Bagan on suspicion of importing alcohol illegally. U tin win, chair of the Yangon hotel zone established by the Myanmar hoteliers’ association, said the raids were the result of a misunderstanding over conflicting […]