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Retailers flag need to regulate e-commerce industry

The Myanmar Retailers Association last week submitted a request to regulate the e-commerce industry to Vice President U Myint Swe and the government’s Private Sector Development Committee during a meeting between the latter and local businesses. Retailers say that while a rising number of consumers are now purchasing goods from individuals and businesses online, many […]

Dutch De Heus sets up $16m feed plant in Myotha

Animal feed firm De Heus announced the launch of its second production site in Myanmar on Tuesday, taking the overall investment in the country to more than US$30 million. This feed plant in Mandalay, combined with the Yangon facility, will enable the Netherlands-based company to tap into the growing demand in both upper and lower […]

Industry debates tax levels after easing gold trade

Speculation has been rife over the level of duties involved in the import and export of gold since the trade was liberalised last month, allowing gold to move freely in and out of the country via air, sea and border routes. Although the authorities have yet to make any announcements, industry insiders reckon a 15 […]

New technologies needed as prawn, shrimp exports dwindle

Myanmar shrimp and prawn exporters are facing a growing shortage of supplies due to the erosion of their natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding techniques, according to a report analysing exports to Japan supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A lack of preservation of fishery resources in Myanmar has led to a decline in […]

Local tour agencies urged to register

Companies in the tour and travel business have been advised to register their operations and obtain proper licenses, failing which they will be liable to fines. U Muang Muang Aye, vice chair of the Domestic Pilgrimage and Tour Operators Association, made the call on Tuesday in the face of a surge in tourism and the […]

Overseas demand for locally-produced coffee expected to rise in 2018

Prospects are looking good for the Myanmar coffee industry, with coffee prices kicking off the New Year on a high level and domestic market conditions looking rather positive, coffee plantation workers said. The market price for ripe coffee cherries harvested in December is now K800-K900 per viss (1.6kg), which is at the higher end of […]

China’s latest Myanmar megaproject courts controversy

Nearly two years ago, Myanmar chose a Chinese consortium led by the state-run Citic to develop a $10 billion port and industrial park that could turn into the country’s largest foreign investment. With Beijing pledging to create 100,000 jobs and transform a poor region, the Kyaukpyu port plan potentially represents a huge win for Myanmar. […]

Why the construction sector is ailing and how it could recover

To help the construction and real estate sectors expand and stay profitable, government support in the form of tax and loan policy reforms is necessary, developers said. Currently, developers must pay taxes of up to 10 percent on the sale of condominium units priced between K100 million to K500 million. Meanwhile, buyers must pay a […]

India begins processing free visas for Myanmar pilgrims to Bodh Gaya

Myanmar residents travelling to India could officially apply for visa-free travel at the embassy of India in Yangon starting on September 25, Bodh Gaya pilgrimage travel operators said. The move comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the granting of free visas to all Myanmar citizens when he visited Myanmar on September 6. Two […]

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 […]