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UK shifts trade policy on Myanmar to open markets further

Britain is signalling a shift in its trade policy on Myanmar to focus on opening up specific sectors where UK companies already have a foothold, including education, financial and professional services, infrastructure and energy. In an interview with The Myanmar Times, Warren Pain, director of international trade at the British embassy, set out how the […]

Myanmar woos Thai investors in Bangkok

Myanmar is participating in regional connectivity initiatives in efforts to improve bilateral ties with its neighbours and promote investment and trade. Myanmar has implemented a number of significant reforms in the economic, political and social spheres aimed at creating new opportunities for investors, which includes those from Thailand, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Despite Critical Remarks, Malaysia Keen to Invest in Myanmar

YANGON—Depite Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks criticizing Myanmar’s political and military actions in Rakhine State, Malaysia will maintain its economic ties with Myanmar, Malaysian Ambassador to Myanmar Zahairi Baharim said at a press conference concerning the upcoming Malaysia-Myanmar Connect 2019 business forum meant to increase economic engagement between two countries. In an exclusive interview […]

South Korean president to visit Myanmar on sept. 3

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife will pay a state visit to Myanmar on Sept. 3 at the invitation of the Myanmar President and First Lady. The visit will be part of Moon’s six-day tour of the region beginning Sept. 1 to build closer ties with Southeast Asian countries. He will first visit […]

China Leads Investment in Yangon

YANGON—China was the largest investor in Myanmar’s financial hub, Yangon Region, in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). China is already the second-largest investor in the country. The director of DICA’s Yangon Region Office, U Myo Khaing Oo, said on Wednesday that […]

Centre set to help improve productivity in Myanmar

Myanmar’s plans to raise economic productivity through improving human capital development will now be backed by the Myanmar Productivity Centre (MPC), an agency that aims to help the economy move up the value chain. The MPC was launched on June 22 with the support of the Ministry of Industry (MOI), Union of Myanmar Federation of […]

China to import US$500m of Myanmar rice this year: minister

The value of rice Kunming will import from Myanmar this year is expected to reach US$500 million this year through a barter arrangement, deputy commerce minister U Aung Htoo claimed. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries for bartering goods recently. “According to report sent from Kunming roughly that they would buy […]

World Bank confident China will post 6.2% growth rate

The World Bank maintained its prediction for Chinese economic growth at 6.2 percent in 2019, despite increasing global uncertainties, because the world’s second-largest economy has remained resilient, an updated report said on Friday. “In an external environment that has become less favorable due to slowing global growth and rising trade tensions, China’s economy will need […]

Gov’t to Buy Electricity from China to Cover Shortfall

YANGON—The Myanmar government plans to buy 1,000 MW of electricity from a Chinese state-owned enterprise to meet an expected electricity shortage over the next two years. Myanmar, which already has Southeast Asia’s lowest rate of access to electricity, has recently been plagued by regular power blackouts due to water shortages at hydropower plants following severe […]

Govt to hold tender for construction of Muse airport this year

Plans are being drawn out for the construction of an airport in Muse, which is a major hub for trade at the Myanmar-China border. A tender will be held this year, said U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). “We have presented this project to the minister’s office. […]