Myanmar’s toxic legacy of large dams

The country’s first strategic environmental review provides a chance to demand more from investors and dam builders, but is still being seen as too little, and leading to fierce resistance by marginalised communities. In September spectacular drone footage revealed the beauty of the waterfalls, rapids, ancient temples and islets of the Nam Pang River, a […]

Business Chiefs Hail ‘Final Frontier’

​​ ​​ Will Myanmar be able to cope with the fast-paced dynamic landscape of the world’s economic climate as it records the fastest GDP growth in Asia? Is the government doing enough? Is Myanmar equipped to handle the torrent of foreign interests waiting to pour into Myanmar? These were some of the questions business leaders […]

Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Panel Discussion – British Chamber on 22 Feb 2017

This is a must attend free seminar for anyone that is serious about doing business in Myanmar in an ethical manner. There will be a networking session whereby you can meet and talk with the distinguished speakers like U Than Aung Kyaw (Deputy Director of Directorate of Investment and Company Administration). Vicky Bowman (Director of […]

Draft foreigner laws worry experts, expats

Two draft laws concerning foreigners are sending shockwaves through the expat community and could undermine the government’s stated priorities in attracting responsible foreign investment and promoting a human rights agenda, lawyers and business experts say. Both the draft Law Concerning Foreigners and the Foreign Worker Law are pegged as priorities for the next Pyidaungsu Hluttaw […]

Myanmar’s New Economic Zone Attracts Foreign Interest But Local Ire

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Looking north from Myint Win’s farm, across rice paddies and past bamboo huts, a massive new industrial development on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city gleams in the distance. The buildings sprang up during the first phase of developing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a 6,200 acre (2,500-hectare) industrial […]

More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar moved off money laundering watchlist

Inter-governmental body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Myanmar from its list of states deemed weak in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, which experts think should make international banks more comfortable doing business with the country. FATF, which counts China, the United States and India as members, released a public statement on […]

MIC issues ‘ominously broad’ foreign investment restriction

A directive issued at the end of March by the Myanmar Investment Commission has added an additional layer of complexity for foreign investors and granted ministries greater scope to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The notification – designated 26/2016 – adjusts the list of economic activities that require a joint venture under the Foreign Investment Law. In […]

Yangon Stock Exchange weak on corporate governance rules: observers

While globally an initial public offering usually means throwing the doors to your company wide open and letting investors poke around, industry observers say the Yangon bourse has not gone far enough on provisions for transparency. According to listing criteria published in state media last August, companies that wish to go public on Yangon’s stock […]

FDI poised to flow on Myanmar’s political transition

Myanmar’s landmark November polls, lauded by international observers, may have given pause to foreign investors weighing the market — but the country’s political transition could attract a new rush of attention, according to industry experts. Once isolated under the regime of a military junta, Myanmar has made great strides in development under quasi-civilian rule. The […]