Investment Agency Says Business Donations to Government Officials Violate Graft Code

YANGON — The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) announced on Friday that companies and body corporates are not allowed to donate money either directly or indirectly to ministries or regional government departments, citing the Myanmar Companies Law 2017, to prevent corruption between government bodies and private companies. U Aung Naing Oo, director general […]

After Pakistan, China trying to build economic corridor to Myanmar

BEIJING: China and Myanmar are close to signing a deal on the establishment of a China-Myanmar Economic Corridor along the lines of the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Once launched, the project will unleash a massive inflow of Chinese funds to Myanmar which can further weaken Indian influence over its eastern neighbor. A senior Myanmar […]

Can China-Myanmar Economic Corridor overcome hurdles to progress?

Recently, U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, said that Myanmar and China will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the key projects of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI). The two sides reached a 15-point […]

China, Myanmar to sign MOU on Economic Corridor in 2018

China and Myanmar will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the highlight projects of the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, according to reports by media in Myanmar. U Aung Naing Oo, Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration of Myanmar, was recently […]

Government announces new MIC appointments, U Thaung Tun as new chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). According to notification (61/2018), U Thaung Tun, union minster of Ministry of the Office of the Union Government, formerly a member of the MIC, will now be the commission’s chair. Meanwhile, Dr Than Myint, Union Minister of Commerce, […]

Retail interest in Myanmar robust, but investment avenues lacking

When RHB, a Singapore brokerage, first selected Singapore Exchange-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings as one of its top five stock picks for retail clients on May 2, shares of the company soared 15 percent, hitting a 4-month high of 48 cents on May 9 as investors hurried to get onboard. “Yoma Strategic offers a pure play […]

UK preschool franchise set to expand further in Myanmar

A franchise of a UK-based preschool service provider located in northern Yangon has reached its first anniversary and is set to expand to downtown Yangon as well as Mandalay. With aspiring families in the country looking for quality education, demand is on the rise. Before the government opened up the education sector to international investments […]

Amid political challenges, Myanmar prizes UK investment for economic renewal

With Myanmar’s new Investment Law coming into force over a year ago, along with a soon-to-be implemented Companies Law, the government hopes its liberalisation and decentralisation efforts will help secure new British investment and support to move the economy forward. UK expertise is seen as particularly vital for Myanmar to develop a strong financial services […]

Casinos may be allowed to operate after gambling law amendment

Casinos will be allowed to operate in Myanmar after amendments are made to the Gambling Law by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), is enacted, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this week. This comes after five regional and state chief ministers from Mandalay, Tanintharyi, […]

MIC forecasts foreign investments worth $3 billion in next six months

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) is expecting $3 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI) for the six-month interim period between April 1 and September 30, said MIC secretary U Aung Naing Oo last week. During the period bridging the current the 2017-18 fiscal year and the new 2018-19 fiscal year, FDI will continue to flow […]