Myanmar Takes Small Steps Towards Providing Greater Liquidity for SMEs

A rising number of start-ups as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are emerging in Myanmar as business opportunities rise. However, many companies fail to achieve their full potential and contribute substantially to the economy because capital assistance is lacking in the country. In Myanmar, banks require collateral in the form of property before […]

Myanmar Allows Import of U.S. Corn

Myanmar imposed new pest risk analysis requirements for imported plant-related commodities, including U.S. corn, on Jan. 1, 2017. Under the new directive, the Myanmar Plant Protection Division (PPD) prohibited the import of plant and plant-related products unless the exporting country provided this new information, which includes how the country deals with pest outbreaks and is […]

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 […]

Yangon’s Port Under Study for Expansion

Feasibility studies have been conducted for extending Yangon jetty to the mouth of the sea to be able to dock large ships, said Yangon’s Chief Minister at a November 12 ceremony during a regular meeting of businessmen and women with Vice President (1) Myint Swe held at the UMFCCI. “These ports were built in the […]

Yangon Needs More Gas from PTTEPI’s Gas Field

Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing from Electricity and Energy sector development committee has informed Vice President Myint Swe that Yangon region will need 80 million cubic feet of natural gas from the Aung Thinkha gas field explored by PTTEP International Limited in the coming two years. This is because gas production at Yadanar, which is Yangon’s main […]

UEHRD says Rakhine harvest will be returned to owners

THE harvest in northern Rakhine will be returned to their owners, according to the committee which is headed by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to help bring peace and development to the region. The Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD) released a statement yesterday saying that the paddy […]

Investment Opportunities Emerge in Kanyin Chaung Economic Zone

Investment opportunities in Rakhine State are emerging as the government ups efforts to establish a functioning economy that will create jobs and encourage stability in the region. This month, local private sector experts and businessmen were invited to a briefing promoting investments in Rakhine. Selected sectors of the economy will be prioritised under a five-year […]

Businesses, government must embrace digital technology to stay relevant

To develop and expand, Myanmar must embrace and keep up with the pace at digital technology is changing the economy and the way companies do business around the world, tech experts at the Digital Transformation Summit said. The summit was jointly held by the Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI) and US […]

Cocokyun, industrial zones in Yangon’s spotlight

THE development of Cocokyun township covering the islands in the northeastern Indian Ocean, as well as the flight and maritime access between the islands and the mainland, are included in Yangon Region’s plan, according to Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. Yangon Region will implement a three-year project which will focus mainly on the improvement […]

Shan businesses press for Mandalay-Muse route revamp

THE business community in northern Shan State urged the government to take measures concerning trade promotion and economic development, which includes upgrading the Mandalay-Muse highway, at a meeting with Vice President U Myint Swe. The Mandalay-Muse highway is the main route for the country’s border trade, according to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. A […]