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Myanmar, Thailand agree to use kyat, baht for border trade

U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) and his Thai counterpart Veerathai Santiprabhob, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the use of the Myanmar kyat and Thai baht for trading at the border, according to an October 21 statement issued by the Bank of Thailand. The governors […]

Maex prepares to file at Yangon stock exchange

Myanmar Agro Exchange Public Lt. (MAEX), which builds and operates Da Nyin Gone Fruit, Vegetable and Fruit Wholesale market, said it has prepared all the requirements to be listed at the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX). “With the help from lawyers, we have prepared 18 points, that we needed to complete. We are closely watching the […]

Mandalay poultry farmers blame high chick prices for losses

Poultry farms in Mandalay Region are suffering losses because of high chick prices and can’t make enough money to offset production costs, according to U Kyaw Htin, chair of the Mandalay Livestock Federation. The price of chicks should be fixed at about K600, but it was nearly K800 in late August, so it could have […]

Myanmar plans alternative market to jump-start stock exchange

Myanmar’s securities regulator and the Yangon Stock Exchange are planning to establish an alternative market where investors can trade shares of unlisted companies, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned. Dubbed the Myanmar Public Companies Board, the new market will be a steppingstone for companies to list on the fledgling Yangon Stock Exchange, according to a […]

Special economic zones pull in over $208 mln in investment

More than 110 enterprises, including four domestic businesses, invested US$208 billion in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), under the Special Economic Zone Law, as of 10 July in the current fiscal year, according to figures released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. Singapore topped the list of foreign investors, accounting for more than […]

On Myanmar border, a city thrives

Opening-up has played a key role in the economic development of Tengchong, Yunnan province, both in the past and today, local authorities say. “It is not hard to see that all the economically active periods in Tengchong’s history were those when we had close contacts and deep exchanges with South and Southeast Asia, and the […]

Myanmar still weak in enforcing contracts, protecting minority investors

Myanmar has done undertaken two reforms to improve access to power supply and the ease of starting a local business, according to the latest report from the World Bank. However, pace of reform on most regulations affecting the private sector remain stagnant. In the newly-released World Bank’s 2019 Doing Business rankings, Myanmar ranks 171th out […]

Zhefu Holding-Supreme Group consortium to develop USD 2.5bn Myanmar gas-fired plant project

A Zhefu Holding Group Co Ltd-Supreme Group of Companies consortium plans to build a 1390MW gas-fired power plant under an EPC contract in Myanmar, according to a source from a project participant. The total project investment (TPI) is around USD 2.5bn. The project owner is Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise, which will start to seek project […]

Private banks hike lending to SMEs

SMALL and medium enterprises in Myanmar will soon get greater access to finance as private banks plan to extend more credit to boost the economy, according to speakers at the Amcham Financial Services Forum held last week. Zaw Lin Aung, managing director of KBZ Bank, the largest private bank in Myanmar with the largest retail […]

New Investment Law Authorises First Project Led by Japanese Hotel Chain

The Japan-based Hotel Okura will open its first hotel in Myanmar with the help of Japan’s government-private fund in 2020, according to the company’s press release dated July 28. Construction of Okura Prestige Yangon will commence this year and is expected to complete by 2020. Okura Prestige Yangon will be the company’s first project in […]