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Myanmar Govt to Combine Two Key Economic Ministries

YANGON—The Myanmar government plans to combine the positions of Minister of Industry and Minister of Planning and Finance into a single position, according to the Union Parliament agenda for Friday. According to the agenda, a Union-level representative from the government will explain the plan to parliamentary lawmakers in order to seek their approval. According to […]

JFE Meranti Myanmar to build $85M steel plant in Thilawa

Japanese steel maker JFE Meranti Myanmar held its ground-breaking ceremony at Zone B of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to much fanfare last Friday. It is the first to commence operations at Zone B. “This ceremony is a symbol of the development in Myanmar-Japan bilateral cooperation and friendship,” Vice President U Henry Van Thio […]

In ASEAN’s Fastest-Growing Market, SME Development Barred by Obstacles

Local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN’s fastest-growing market are unable to develop and grow because they are bogged down by a slew of bureaucratic and administrative difficulties, business leaders and politicians said. Local businesses in Myanmar have been suffering from challenges such as lack of access to capital and intellectual property (IP) protection […]

Chin State SMEs to Be Eligible For K8.5 bn Worth of JICA Loans

Chin State’s small and medium busi­nesses (SMEs) will be eligible for up to K8.4 billion worth of small loans which the govern­ment plans to make avail­able later this financial year, a union minister has said. The funds are the re­mainder of a K50 billion Japanese loan granted to the government for the development of local […]

South Korea’s Daewoo Granted Lease on State-Owned Car Factory, Plans to Start Making Busses Locally

The government has agreed to lease a state-owned factory to a joint venture between South Korean bus-maker Daewoo and local compa­ny Myanmar Trade Centre, paving the way for Daewoo buses to be built locally. By letting the factory, which is located in Htauk Kyant in northern Yangon, the government is putting into action its economic […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]