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Ministries to hold monthly dialogues to improve private economic sector

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has submitted that regular dialogues will be organized in respective ministries and sectors on a monthly basis to help improve private economic sector and expedite business transactions, according to the 27th Annual General Meeting of UMFCCI. “It is true that […]

Myanmar to hold investment summit early next year

Myanmar will hold its first-ever investment summit in the capital city Nay Pyi Taw next year, a senior official told a press conference Tuesday. Organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), the “Invest Myanmar Summit-2019” will be held in January 28-29, the first collaboration summit between the government […]

Business groups speak out against potential withdrawal of EU GSP

Three major domestic business organisations have urged Brussel’s visiting mission not to revoke Myanmar’s access to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). Meanwhile, The Myanmar Times understands that a statement co-signed by six European business groups has been addressed to the monitoring mission, arguing that withdrawing GSP “will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on the […]

Illegal trade takes a heavy toll on country’s economy

Smuggling and illegal trade continue to be a major problems for the country’s economy, says the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). According to the Business Sentiment Survey issued by UMFCCI in May, illegal trade stands at sixth among the top 10 issues hampering the country’s economy. The survey was […]

Myanmar to hold investment fairs to spur development

Myanmar is making preparations to hold a business forum in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city in the north, on Nov. 9, aiming to promote trade and investment for the development of Mandalay region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Monday. Such a forum is partly aimed at driving development more […]

‘Window is closing’: business leaders vent frustrations over govt’s economic performance

Business leaders in Myanmar have cast serious doubts on the government’s management of the economy for the last 2.5 years, with one domestic investor warning that “the window is closing” on reforms and a leader of an Asian business group criticising Nay Pyi Taw as working “in silos” and having “no urgency to get things […]

Myanmar’s private sector should be at the driving seat for reform

Businesses in the country are best-placed to be at the driving seat for reform, an expert said at a conference in Yangon. On a broader level, the human capital and capacity of employees which the private sector is well-positioned to develop are vital for Myanmar’s transition as a country. Vicky Bowman, director of Yangon-based Myanmar […]

National Planning Law Expects Highest Growth in Telecom, Industrial, Financial Sectors

Amid a slowing economy and complaints from the business community, Myanmar’s parliament has approved a National Planning Law for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which expects to see the highest growth rate in the country’s telecommunications, industrial and financial sectors. On Wednesday, President U Win Myint signed the bill with the approval of the Union Parliament […]

Five sectors driving Myanmar’s economic growth in 2018-19

Myanmar’s economy has taken a beating in recent quarters, with a rising number of companies reporting tougher business conditions and a slowdown in market demand. One of the main reasons is the rising foreign exchange rate. Despite a slew of measures taken by the Central Bank, which included pumping millions of dollars from its reserves […]

Businesses call for lower taxes amid slowing economy

Myanmar businesses are urging the government to lower the country’s tax rates to alleviate pressure from the rising dollar exchange rate and slowdown in demand in recent months. According to the quarterly Business Sentiment Survey by the Union of Myanmar Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) released last month, Myanmar’s high taxation rates are […]