Central Bank of Myanmar approves loans without collateral

Local banks are now permitted to extend loans without the need for collaterals, U Set Aung, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Planning and Finance, told The Myanmar Times at the 5th Asia SME Conference in Naypyitaw on October 14. “The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has allowed local banks to provide loans without movable […]

Moscow steps up business with Nay Pyi Taw

At a Russia-Myanmar Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation (RMIC) meeting in Moscow last month, Russian commission chair Minister Maksim Oreshkin and Minister for the Ministry of Planning and Finance, U Kyaw Win, signed an agreement to set up a Russia trade representative office in Yangon. The trade representative office should be launched by […]

Gemstone Sales Center Slated for Yangon

The Union govern­ment has created a working commit­tee to plan and estabish a gemstone sales center in Yangon, U Kyaw Win, Chairman of Myanmar Gold Entrepreneur Asso­ciation, said. The committee was jointly organized by of­ficials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conser­vation, members of the Myanmar Gem and Jew­elry Entrepreneurs Asso­ciation, and the […]

Poverty Decreases, But Rural Areas Slower to Develop: Report

YANGON — The number of people in Myanmar living in poverty has decreased from 32 percent of the population in 2004 to 19 percent in 2015, according to a recent report. The World Bank and the Ministry of Planning and Finance analyzed data on living conditions from surveys conducted in Myanmar in 2004-5, 2009-10, and […]

Government Steps in to Limit Re-Exports of Sugar

The Union Govern­ment is stepping in to control sugar re-export and call for invest­ment to help the industry get on its feet, according to U Kyaw Win, Union Minister of Planning and Finance. The Union Minister emphasized the need to stamp out re-export in favor of stronger national production and the pro­motion of value-added industries […]

Foreign Firms May Be Allowed to Join Myanmar E-Lottery Business

A stamp-duty amendment and government lottery bills that would open the e-lottery business to all were submitted to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 14. The government lottery has been operating since 1938 under orders and instructions without a proper law, thus a government lottery bill had to be drafted and submitted, Minister for Planning and Finance […]

Dubai Keen to Invest in Myanmar Gold

Dubai Gold Entrepreneurs Association wants to invest US$200 million in the gold industry in Myanmar, said U Kyaw Win, the secretary of Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association. The Dubai-based association expressed their interest in Myanmar’s gold sector at the Asia Pacific Precious Metals Conference, held recently in Singapore. Eight delegates from Myanmar and businesses from other countries attended the event which was held […]

Korea-Backed Industrial Zone to Locate in Northern Yangon

South Korea and Myanmar have reached an agreement to establish an industrial zone in northern Yangon, and constructions will begin in early 2018, Daw Moe Thida, assistant director of the Department of Urban and Housing Development (DUHD), told The Myanmar Times on June 21. At Nyaung Na Pin township, the industrial complex project will have an estimated area of 570 acres. South Korea state-owned corporation, Korea Land & […]

Inter-Related Challenges for SMEs and Financial Sector

When developing a country’s economy, the success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is a vital part and should be a priority for any administration which is keen to maintain prosperity. In order for strong businesses to emerge and compete with other regional enterprises, enterprises will need to grow and develop. For that to happen, […]

More Economic Zones Needed to Boost Manufacturing: MIDA

Businesses and economists suggested that economic growth would depend on a growing manfacutring sector, liberalisation and revising the governing framework of different sectors. Deputy minister for the Ministry of Commerce, U Aung Htoo, said that the ministry would boost export and simplify procedures for trade and exports. The comments were made to follow up the […]