Tough Tax Policy, Lack of Capital Access for Myanmar SMEs

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar suffer from arduous tax and monetary policies and lack of access to capital and intellectual property protection. SME owners feel the government needs to address these issues as there are no business category for entrepreneurship and opportunities in emerging fields, such as digital applications and software. Taxes are […]

Crop Insurance System Expected to Launch This Fiscal Year

A coordination meeting on the introduction of insurance services for farmers and fishers was held at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Yangon on August 19. In a Facebook post, Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) general-secretary Ye Min Aung said: “The nod given by the Myanmar Insurance Business Supervisory Board […]

In ASEAN’s Fastest-Growing Market, SME Development Barred by Obstacles

Local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in ASEAN’s fastest-growing market are unable to develop and grow because they are bogged down by a slew of bureaucratic and administrative difficulties, business leaders and politicians said. Local businesses in Myanmar have been suffering from challenges such as lack of access to capital and intellectual property (IP) protection […]

Reducing Low-Cost Housing Instalment in The Works

Discussions are ongoing to reduce the initial 30-percent requirement to 20pc for low-cost housing instalments, said U Win Zaw, managing director of the Construction and Housing Development Bank. “We started discussing the amount for down payments which a buyer has to pay. We are trying to reduce it to 20pc and to get finance for long-term loans. If lenders can give […]

Thilawa to Offer Modest Plots of Lands to Entice Small Businesses

Japan and Myanmar’s have agreed to es­tablish small factory rental spaces at the Thila­wa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in a bid to promote investment among small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to the zone’s operator. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and the Union of […]

French Chamber and UMFCCI to Support Myanmar-EU Trade

The French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Myanmar) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 5 to strengthen partnership with a focus on supporting SMEs and Myanmar businesses. CCI France Myanmar said that the agreement comes at a […]

Southern Indian Merchants, Mandalay UMFCCI ink MoU

Southern Indian business concerns and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) of Mandalay have signed an MoU, linking merchants from both countries to explore opportunities. “The thrust of the MoU is to foster greater exchange of information linking merchants and to promote business to business connections. The agreement is […]

Time to Fix the Economy With Action, Not Words

Economists and business owners, while acknowledging and applauding the measures put into achieving peace and stability, say the National League for Democracy-led government has largely ignored the economy during its first year in power. Some experts and entrepreneurs told The Myanmar Times that the government needs to focus on ways and means of stimulating economic growth and […]

President’s Reserve Fund to Ensure Yangon Power Supply

The President’s Reserve Fund will be used to ensure there is sufficient electricity supply in Yangon in the coming summer, Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said. He announced this after a meeting among some Union ministers and entrepreneurs at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) office on April […]

Credit Guarantee Insurance Not Helping Small Businesses

  Credit guarantee insurance was introduced under the former government in 2014 but the system has not been widely adopted by banks and businesses. As a result, financial support for SMEs remains inadequate. So far, CB bank has offered loans to 21 businessmen, KBZ has given loans to only three, and banks are still unable […]