SMEs voice frustration over confusing government policies as challenges mount

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still struggling to compete and expand five years after U Thein Sein’s former government established a central committee to support the sector and after the Central Bank of Myanmar recently permitted banks to approve loans without collaterals. On top of limited access to capital, insufficient supporting infrastructure, high taxes […]

Peace process is the way forward

The government will not back down from the peace process despite the hardships it faces getting all ethnic armed groups to the negotiating table, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday at the second anniversary of the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). “It is the second anniversary of the signing. There […]

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 […]

Myanmar-HK ties boosted by CE visit

On September 15, she met with senior Myanmar government officials in Nay Pyi Taw. Mrs Lam first met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The chief executive said that this is the first ever official visit by the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) since the city’s return to […]

Myanmar to learn from Malaysia on ease of doing business

In order to raise its rank on the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, a Myanmar delegation recently visited Malaysia, which is much higher on the index, to study the situation there. Their findings will be reported to the ministries and Vice President, said U Aung Soe, director of the Myanmar Trade Promotion Team. […]

Yangon Regional Government Re-Confirms Proposed Agriculture Master Plan

Yangon’s Chief Min­ister stressed the importance of in­creasing the distribution and export of vegetables as part of the Region’s famed agriculture master plan at a meeting of the chamber of commerce. Announced in early 2017,Yangon’s Chief Min­ister re-affirmed the mas­ter plan at a July 20 UM­FCCI meeting alongside Vice President U Myint Swe before local […]

Ministry to Lift Ban on Livestock Export

The government has signalled its latest measure to boost the country’s agriculture and husbandry industries by offering loans to farms and lifting the ban on livestock export, according to the Ministry of Planning and Finance. At a meeting with Vice President U Myint Swe and businessmen on July 20, Union Minister for the Ministry of […]

Faster, easier loans for Mandalay SMEs

The chair from Loan Implementation sub-committee, U Maung Maung Win, who is also the deputy minister for planning and finance, headed the meeting. It was held on Sunday at the Mandalay Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCCI) premises. U Maung Maung Win said a working committee will ensure that a separate loan facility will be set […]

Multi-Billion Dollar Rangoon Southwest Expansion Set to Begin

​​ RANGOON — The Rangoon divisional government will begin implementation of a controversial expansion plan in the southwest region of the commercial capital at the end of February, according to Rangoon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. The chief minister made the announcement on Saturday during a meeting with Vice President U Myint Swe and […]

Government Plans Monthly Meetings to Respond to Business Leaders

​​ RANGOON — Government leaders are planning to meet monthly with the local business community to listen to current problems and find solutions, Vice President U Myint Swe and National Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win pledged last week. The first monthly meeting received a positive response. The vice president and finance minister met […]