Loan scheme hinders SME growth

The availability of loan is one of the major challenges for development of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Mandalay region, according to a talk on the challenges of the SMEs. Head of Mandalay Region SME Department said: “The major challenges of SMEs in Mandalay are: capital, technology, market penetration, access to information and infrastructural […]

At least five more years needed for Myanmar to go cashless

Myanmar’s cash dependent economy has become a burden on the government’s coffers in recent years and a widespread adoption of an electronic payment system in the country is needed. Yet, experts say it could take a minimum of five more years for society to go cashless. “It costs the government money to print cash and […]

Textiles a key focus of trade push between Myanmar and Taiwan

SEEKING to build on the rapid growth in trade between Taiwan and Myanmar, industry bodies from the two sides have signed two memorandums of understanding at a Taiwan-Myanmar Industrial Collaboration Summit. Myo Thet, vice president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), said the agreements would help boost bilateral economic ties, […]

Fast-Growing Coffee Sector Looks for Extra Shot of Support From Government

YANGON— Myanmar’s coffee market is growing robustly, with the country’s beans attracting increasing interest in international markets as well as locally, industry sources said. U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association, said demand for Myanmar coffee has surged in the past few years and it is now being exported to more than a […]

Shan, Mandalay to scale up coffee exports

More than 100 tonnes of coffee beans produced in Shan State’s Ywar Ngan and Mandalay’s Pyin Oo Lwin townships could be exported within this year and there is potential for further export too, said U Min Hlaing, secretary of the Myanmar Coffee Association. The target countries for export are America, Japan, Canada, Korea and Australia […]

Australia’s Frontier Digital Ventures to Invest Millions into iMyanmarHouse.com

Australia based Frontier Digital Ventures (FDV), is a a that was founded in May 2014 and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It focuses on becoming the world leader in online classifieds businesses in frontier markets. They are experts in the online classifieds space with a particular focus on property and automotive verticals and general classifieds […]

Chamber backs SMEs to embrace digital technology

As small and medium enterprises in Myanmar are facing challenges, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises to pursue digital competency to ensure their long-term survival, a chamber executive member said in an exclusive interview. Aye Tun, vice president of the chamber’s SMEs Committee and […]

Kansai Electric and MHPS sign agreement for survey on power plant maintenance

The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) concluded an agreement for a preparatory survey on power plant maintenance using state-of-the-art technologies such as IoT and AI in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 3 July. The work was contracted to the two companies by the […]

ADB not worried about impact of technology on Myanmar jobs

Despite widespread automation of manual work functions, Myanmar jobs are not under “huge” threat by advancements in technology, economists at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) told the media during the organisation’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Manila on May 4. However, the government needs to monitor the impact of changing technologies on local jobs. Meanwhile, […]

Closing the global and national digital divide

In the last couple of decades, the “digital divide” was narrowly defined by people’s access to the internet. Myanmar, of course, had very poor internet connections as recently as six years ago. In 2012, this country’s internet penetration was a mere eight percent of the population. In 2018, with four mobile phone operators in a […]