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India, Myanmar sign MoU towards Sittwe Port operationalisation

NEW DELHI: India and Myanmar signed an important MoU on Monday for the appointment of a private Port Operator for the Operation and Maintenance of Sittwe Port, Paletwa Inland Water Terminal and associated facilities included in the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project in implementation of India’s Act East Policy. Following this MoU the process […]

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 showcase investment projects, reforms in Hong Kong’s Belt and Road forum

The newly-appointed chair of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Thaung Tun, who is also Union Minister at the Office of the Union Government, is going to lead a delegation to the third annual Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong this week. Demonstrated by the major economic reforms we have implemented over the past year, […]

Minister calls for earthquake readiness

Due to frequent earthquakes in 2018, the issue has become a challenge for Myanmar, said U Win Myat Aye, Union minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. “Earthquakes have become a challenge that must be seriously addressed in Myanmar,” he said on Thursday. Myanmar was hit by 31 earthquakes in January, 13 in February, 11 […]

Over the last year, Myanmar’s energy sector stumbles in right direction

Home to one of the world’s oldest oil and gas industries, oil exploration in Myanmar began in the early Bagan era. During the reign of King Anawrahta in the Bagan Era, evidence shows that the Buddha’s Three Teachings were coated with oil to prevent damage. With the nationalisation of the oil industry in 1963, the […]

Salary hike for all government employees to start from April

Ministry of Planning and Finance issued a notification dated April 29 which says salaries of all government employees including military personnel will be hiked in accordance with their time pay scale starting from April 30 payday. The notification signed by Union Minister of Planning and Finance Ministry Kyaw Win says, “The benefits under this notification […]

Myanmar Timber Enterprise targets higher sales, commercial restructuring

State-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) is targeting sales of 5,000 tonnes of teak and 100,000 tonnes of hard wood during the six-month period between April and October this year. The sales are expected to generate K63 billion in revenues, MTE deputy general manager U Khin Maung Kyi told The Myanmar Times. Sales will be conducted […]

Local and foreign investors invited to No.21 Heavy Industry (Thaton)

No.21 Heavy Industry (Thaton) of the Ministry of Industry in Thaton Township, Mon State, will go into partnership with local and foreign entrepreneurs, according to ministry sources. Interested local and foreign companies are invited and to send an expression of interest (EOI) to the management section of No.2 Heavy Industry under the Ministry of Industry. […]

MADB to help fuel growth across entire agriculture supply chain

Attempts will be made to lower interest rates at the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank (MADB) so that it is able to support the entire agriculture supply chain, according to U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance. He said that in the 50 years during which MADB has provided loans to farmers, the sector […]

Developers Urge Government to Temporarily Reduce Tax to 5 percent

During a meeting with the Yangon Regional government held at MCC on February 17, construction developers urged the government to temporarily reduce the commercial tax from 30 percent to 5 percent for a period of two years. The Myanmar Licensed Contractors Association welcomed the income tax reduction in the Union Tax bill 2018, and supported […]