Myanmar’s state-owned enterprises show how much reform is still needed

NOTHING has been made in the engine factory in Thagaya, in the south of Myanmar, since April last year. Yet around 350 employees still turn up each day. In 2016 government-owned factories like this one made a loss of more than $200m. When Myanmar moved from military dictatorship to a form of democracy, its new […]

Zay Kabar Company in row with squatters

Zay Kabar Company, a local conglomerate with interests in construction and telecommunications, will continue to take action against squatters who trespass on land which it has earmarked for development. On July 28, conflict arose between squatters and employees of Zay Kabar Company after the latter removed tents that were built on private land which had […]

Vietnam’s Viettel announces business strategy for Myanmar operations

Vietnam’s Viettel Group unveiled on Monday the business strategy for Mytel, its Myanmar-based telecom company, which will begin operations this Saturday, June 9. Mytel will focus on the data segment and new digital services, with D-A-T-A being its motto. “[This] stands for D-igital & new services, A-dvanced technology, T-rustworthy, A-ffordable & various services,” the company […]

Vietnam, Myanmar look towards 1 bln USD in two-way trade

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and State Counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi agreed to further deepen bilateral trade and investment on win-win basis towards achieving 1 billion USD or higher in two-way trade during their talks in Hanoi on April 19. The talks took place right after the welcome ceremony […]

Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

Banking on Satellite Communications

Richard Bowles, regional managing director for ASEAN at Arianespace, which launches satellites, is convinced banks’ struggle to reach Myanmar’s unbanked population will end with the launch of its first satellite, slated for some time next year. “Satellites are an important part of a country’s economic development. Looking at Myanmar’s satellite leasing capacity, it’s a good […]

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 […]

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 […]

Video Streaming Key in Fight for Myanmar Mobile Subscribers

YANGON — With faster mobile connections in place and smartphone use on the rise, discount data plans on video services have become a key strategy for Myanmar’s mobile carriers in their fight to attract new subscribers. In June, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, the country’s biggest carrier, started to offer discounted data plans to view YouTube content and local […]

The Unprecedented Explosion of Smartphones in Myanmar

Outside the offices of an internet startup called nexlabs, a snarl of honking cars and rickshaws grinds to a standstill on a trash-strewn street lined with crumbling buildings. Inside, though, the scene could be straight out of Silicon Valley. Programmers in t-shirts and jeans tap away at laptops beneath posters exhorting them to “Innovate” and […]