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 […]

Myanmar Received $5 Bn in Foreign Investment in Current Fiscal Year

YANGON — Myanmar has received more than US$5.1 billion in foreign investment in the current 2017-18 fiscal year from April to the first week of February, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). “We have received more than $4.4 billion in foreign investment as of the first week of February, while existing […]

Govt Sticks to Courageous Target as Myanmar Slips Down in World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings

Myanmar is in fact slipping further away from the govt’s target of reaching top 100 in the Doing Business index by 2020. It remains to be seen how Nay Pyi Taw could deliver this commitment. DESPITE the fact that Myanmar has fallen one place last year in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings, Nay Pyi […]

Real Estate Sector to Pick up on Back of Foreign Demand

Demand in the Myanmar real estate market is expected to pick up in 2018 now that the rules to the new Condominium Law have been released. Under the new rules, property investments by foreigners are expected to spike, said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. The rules, which were released in […]

Delay in Companies Law Negative, but not Surprising

Implementation of the long-awaited Companies Law will be postponed until August 2018, Reuters reported Monday, citing top officials from Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Myanmar will delay implementing a new law that would have allowed foreign companies to take up to a 35 percent stake in local companies, bringing about badly needed reforms for […]

The role of AustCham Myanmar in the Myanmar economy

Australia is proving an important and growing trading and investment partner for Myanmar. The bilateral trade between Australia and Myanmar reached US$144 million in 2016, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce. Ms. Jodi Weedon is CEO of the AustCham Myanmar (Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce), which was set up in March 2013. In a recent interview […]

Myanmar’s Largest Oil Refinery Project Cancelled

Construction of a multi-billion-dollar oil refinery in the south of Dawei has been cancelled after an investor in the project ran into financial constraints, sources confirmed. If completed, the oil refinery would have been the largest in Myanmar. The project, which is backed by the Chinese, had received approval under the former government led by […]