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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 […]

Japanese joint-venture plans Yangon hotel

Hotel Okura Co Ltd said it would develop the luxury Okura Prestige Hotel with Ayeyar Hinthar Holdings Co Ltd in Yangon by 2020, with five more hotels due in the next five years. The company expects to sign a contract with Yangon Technical and Trading Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Ayeyar Hinthar, in August, working […]

Government cracking down on illegal trading & smuggling

The Union government is planning to take stringent measures against illegal trading in order to prevent the smuggling of contraband, which causes a great loss of revenue, said U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance. “It is essential for the nation to control contraband but it must be carried out in a systematic […]

Construction materials trade opened to local-foreign joint ventures

The Ministry of Commerce has further relaxed trade restrictions on foreign companies, opening onshore trade in construction materials to local-foreign joint ventures, according to a July 7 announcement. International firms were barred until last year from Myanmar’s import-export industry, which was tightly controlled until 2011 by companies with ties to the former military regime. Last […]

FMI swaps share certificates for digital accounts

First Myanmar Investment (FMI), owned by businessperson Serge Pun, has asked its shareholders to open digital accounts, ahead of the company’s planned listing on the new Yangon Stock Exchange later this year, officials said. It is working with two securities companies on its initial public offering – KBZ Stirling Coleman Securities (KBZSC) and Myanmar Securities […]