Gemstone Sales Center Slated for Yangon

The Union govern­ment has created a working commit­tee to plan and estabish a gemstone sales center in Yangon, U Kyaw Win, Chairman of Myanmar Gold Entrepreneur Asso­ciation, said. The committee was jointly organized by of­ficials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conser­vation, members of the Myanmar Gem and Jew­elry Entrepreneurs Asso­ciation, and the […]

‘Tremendous opportunity for growth’ identified in the BIMSTEC region

Participants at a Yangon roundtable discussion today point to largely untapped opportunities for trade, communication and cultural exchange in a region of 2.5 billion souls. Parami Roundtable and Mizzima Media Group organised a roundtable on Myanmar and BIMSTEC to commemorate the celebration of 20 years of BIMSTEC. BIMSTEC, known as Bay of Bengal Initiative for […]

Myanmar’s business community must tap cluster potential to compete on global scale

“There are clusters formed by firms in similar sectors. In the Mandalay Region, the Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection formed industrial clusters since 2014 and there are now 111 groups in 15 industrial clusters.” “But the business community in Myanmar is not very interested in this potential,” he said. “Businessmen here prefer to work […]

The Soft Power Limits of Chinese Theravada Buddhism

Chinese Theravada Buddhism is in no position to serve as a tool of soft power for the state. For centuries Yunnan has served as China’s gateway to Southeast Asia. Besides trade, an important component of this linkage is the exchange of religion and religious groups, in this case Theravada Buddhism. Since its 7th century arrival […]

Transparency, Ongoing Disclosure Crucial for Stakeholder and Investor Confidence

Transparency and disclosure practices are crucial for businesses seeking to build trust with stakeholders, attract investors and ensure accurate media reporting, experts in a corporate governance forum have said. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) organised a forum at the Yangon […]

Economic opportunities in Rakhine State

Rakhine State is rich in natural resources. It has many rivers, lakes, ponds and is connected to the ocean. Good ports exist and as improvement to road links are being made, trade, local and foreign investments are increasing. The government is emphasizing on investment and trade in order to increase production in agriculture products as […]

Myanma Timber Enterprise to Respond to Danish Teak Sanctions

​​ Danish authorities have made a ruling to place injunctions on all seven Danish operators bringing Myanmar teak into the Scandinavian country. Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) has plans to respond to the sanctions placed on the entire Myanmar teak industry, according to U Khin Maung Kyi, deputy general manager (extraction) of MTE. “We will somehow […]

Mon State to Sign Agreement With EU on Forest Products Trading

​​ The Mon state gov­ernment has said it will sign a memo­randum of understanding with the European Union on the legal trading of forest products, the My­anmar News Agency re­ported. The southern state gov­ernment will comply with Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), under which Myanmar and EU mem­bers are to be engaged only […]

Finance and Bank Officials Keen to Limit Trade Deficit

​​ Top economic officials have met with the Central Bank to discuss ways to limit imports in a bid to reduce the country’s trade deficit. Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry attended the meeting. The departments discussed ways to promote exports, limit imports, and to increase […]

External trade value reaches US$17billion, over US$2700million in trade deficit

External trade value as of 2nd December in this fiscal year 2016- 2017 totaled US$17,521.102million, with US$2,792.774million in trade deficit, according to the Commerce Ministry. In the similar period of last fiscal year, the external trade value was US$18,209.307million with a trade deficit of US$3,888.887million. The trade value this year slumped by US$688.250million when compared […]