Yangon developer looks to cash in on loop line improvements

YANGON — The Japanese trains trundling along the line that loops around Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, are a throwback to an earlier era and a far cry from the modern carriages that whiz through Tokyo. But improvements to the Yangon Circular Railway are likely to speed things up a bit, starting this year, and they […]

Bringing out engineers with caliber

Himself a technological university student, the writer shares his experiences, both positive and otherwise, with those aspiring to become qualified engineers Local technological universities are where high school graduates join to become professional engineers. There are also two higher institutes of technology and a number of private schools and colleges catering to engineering courses. As […]

Garment Industry Must Raise Value Proposition to Stay Sustainable

2017 was a strong year for the garment export sector. During the seven months between April and November, some $1.5 billion worth of garment products were shipped out of Myanmar, bound for warehouses owned by the likes of Uniqlo and Primark in Japan and Europe, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The pace of […]

Foreign investment exceeds $5 bn

Foreign investment volume reached more than US$5 billion (6.76 trillion kyat) as of the third week of December in FY 2017-2018, reaching above 90 per cent of the target for foreign investment for the year, a source from the Myanmar Investment Commission said. The Myanmar Investment Commission approved 174 businesses and nearly $4.15 billion up […]

Yoma Throws Weight Behind Office Space Demand and Urban Development

A great many metropolises in Asia are defined by their skyscrapers — one only has to think of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Lord Norman Foster’s HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong. But while high-rise building lace the skylines of major Asian cities like Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok, Yangon stands as an exception. Last month, […]

Myanmar powers up

The government of Myanmar has made energising the power sector an urgent priority, aiming to provide electricity to the whole country by 2030 at the latest. While hydroelectric dams will provide most power, new gas-powered plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will increase the supply in the medium term. International finance and expertise are being […]

New vehicle import policy disruptive to Toyota’s Myanmar strategy

Sales of Toyota cars are expected to trail behind that of other car makers in Myanmar as a result of the government’s latest vehicle import policy, a spokesperson for Toyota Motor Corporation said. Under the new policy, which was announced and made effective last month, all new imported cars must now be left-hand-drive in accordance […]

New China-Backed Industrial Zone Being Constructed in Ayeyarwady

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved the construction of a new industrial zone in Maubin township, Ayeyarwady region, said MIC secretary U Aung Naing Oo. The Maubin Industrial Zone is now being developed on 250 acres of land in Maubin. Construction of the zone commenced in May this year, although official MIC permission was […]

Myanmar Investment Commission approves 31 foreign and local investments

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved a total of 31 foreign and local investments in Myanmar in October and November, according to U Aung Naing Oo, the Director-General of the Directorate of Investment & Company Administration (DICA), quoted in state media. The MIC gave the green light to 24 foreign direct investments (FDIs) worth […]