IFC, partners working toward boosting Myanmar rice industry

YANGON, MYANMAR — IFC through a partnership with Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) to support sustainable growth of Myanmar’s rice industry. The MoU aims to accelerate changes in the industry through development, improvement, and promotion of milled rice standards and paddy grading […]

IFC, YCDC to improve construction permit system

The International Financial Corporation (IFC) the sister organisation of the World Bank, is partnering with the Yangon City Development Committee(YCDC) to reform the city’s construction permit system and optimise the role of the private firms. “The goal of this partnership with IFC is to streamline and automate Yangon’s construction permit process by June 2019. This […]

Yoma Strategic’s Myanmar project nets funding from International Finance Corp

THE World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) is taking a stake in a Yoma Strategic Holdings project to power rural communities, the mainboard-listed Yoma Strategic said on Tuesday. The IFC is set to hold a 30 per cent interest in Yoma Micro Power, a joint-venture company that builds, owns and runs solar- and diesel-powered […]

IFC, Australia Back Nationwide Study on Myanmar’s Hydropower

AS MYANMAR needs more electricity to realise its development goals during the first civilian government’s term, two ministries have been holding a series of discussions until the third week of January to finalise the countrywide strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on hydropower potential by March. The series of discussions started with a stakeholder meeting in Myitkyina, […]

Yangon to Build $400 Million Elevated Expressway

The Ministry of Construction and International Finance Corporation (IFC) on January 11 signed an advisory services agreement to build an elevated expressway connecting Yangon port, Thilawa SEZ, Yangon International Airport, Yangon Industrial Zone and Yangon-Mandalay expressway. The 20.5-kilometre elevated expressway will cost US$400 million (535.86 billion kyat), with maintenance costs to be paid for by […]

Why Myanmar’s government needs to do more to maintain economic growth

Myanmar’s economy is growing. In particular, the manufacturing and retail sectors are booming. However, the government must address significant challenges to maximise Myanmar’s growth potential. The manufacturing industry grew dramatically The government set bold industralisation targets. It wanted to promote manufacturing exports and lessen the country’s reliance on oil and gas. Industry, including manufacturing, contributed […]

IFC, Myanmar Introduce ag Guidelines and Protocol

YANGON, MYANMAR — The International Finance Corp. (IFC) has partnered with the Department of Agriculture of Myanmar’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) to introduce guidelines geared toward improving the productivity and profitability of farmers through sustainable farming. The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Protocol and Guidelines specifically cover 15 crops, including rice and peanuts. […]

Myanmar tackles food safety in bid to boost agricultural exports

MYANMAR plans to improve food safety in a bid to boost agricultural exports and extract more value from a sector that accounts for 38 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. Ye Tint Tun, director general of the Department of Agriculture, said exports of agricultural products made up 23 per cent of Myanmar’s export […]

World Bank Arm Defends Mandalay Cement Factory Project Amid Civil Society Opposition

Following an open letter sent to the World Bank’s President Jim Kim by a coalition of community-based organizations opposing a proposed plan to support the expansion of a cement plant in Mandalay Region and the coal mine that fuels it, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) maintains that the project is worthwhile. The open letter was […]

IFC injects $13.5 million into local microfinance institutions

The International Finance Corporation, (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has provided a financing package of $13.5 million to various microfinance institutions in Myanmar to support the country’s critical credit demands. The institution has decided to take a $1.5 million stake in Maha Agriculture Public Company (Maha MFI) and extend $6 million in […]