SMEs voice frustration over confusing government policies as challenges mount

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still struggling to compete and expand five years after U Thein Sein’s former government established a central committee to support the sector and after the Central Bank of Myanmar recently permitted banks to approve loans without collaterals. On top of limited access to capital, insufficient supporting infrastructure, high taxes […]

Foreign business takes stock of the NLD

As Myanmar prepares itself for historic elections in November, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) encourages voters to “vote for change”, a slogan that has left investors worried about what that would mean for their businesses. The uncertainty about the NLD’s economic policy stems largely from a campaigning environment in which […]

Kyaukphyu bidders come from China

The ongoing tender to build portions of Kyaukphyu special economic zone has attracted interest almost entirely from Chinese firms. Of the total 12 companies that have so far entered bids, 11 are from mainland China and the other one is a local company, according to a businessperson close to the situation. The Bid Evaluation and […]