US Solar Firm Tackles Cost Barriers Through Instalment System

A US-based solar product company launched its services in Myanmar with the support of the International Finance Corporation and United Nations Capital Development Fund to widen access to clean energy among the rural population. The opening of its first store in Myanmar was accompanied with the introduction of the instalment system for purchases. Greenlight Planet […]

Thai-Myanmar Regulators Tie up Deal

AS MYANMAR tries to grow its young capital market with the help with international partners, Thailand will become the first foreign country to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar in less than three months, according to Htay Chun, commissioner of SECM. He said the securities and exchange […]

Transparency, Ongoing Disclosure Crucial for Stakeholder and Investor Confidence

Transparency and disclosure practices are crucial for businesses seeking to build trust with stakeholders, attract investors and ensure accurate media reporting, experts in a corporate governance forum have said. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) organised a forum at the Yangon […]

Myanmar Readies Reforms to Liberalize Insurance Market

NAYPYITAW — Myanmar intends to release within three months a blueprint for insurance market reforms that include allowing foreign insurers to underwrite and sell policies, the head of state-run Myanma Insurance said here Wednesday. Managing Director Sandar Oo outlined the reforms from the Ministry of Planning and Finance, which oversees Myanma Insurance, in a presentation at Myanmar Investment […]

Myanmar Capital Markets Essential for Private Sector: IFC

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March to strengthen corporate governance regulatory standards and practices in Myanmar. In its press statement, the IFC said that a better regulated market will bolster investor confidence and […]

IFC to Help Myanmar Develop a Secured-Transactions Framework

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is helping Myanmar’s government to develop a secured-transactions framework that will allow businesses, especially micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to access finance by offering movable assets as collateral, IFC said in a statement on 5 November. This will unlock significant financing for MSMEs, for whom lack […]

Myanmar business environment improves after reforms East Asia and Pacific Makes Steady Progress to Improve Business Environment: Doing Business Report

Myanmar has improved its business regulatory environment over the past year through reforms on business registration and the enactment of a law that allows the establishment of a new credit bureau, finds the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report. The report finds that over two-thirds of East Asia and the Pacific region’s 25 economies […]

Myanmar transportation, infrastructure weakest in Southeast Asia: World Bank

Myanmar has the weakest transportation and infrastructure in Southeast Asia, according to a report by the World Bank Group. Myanmar ranked 137 among 160 countries in the transportation index in 2014, giving it the lowest position among Southeast Asian countries. Moreover, only 33 per cent of households in Myanmar have access to electricity, while 60 […]

Laos to share hydropower development expertise with Myanmar

VIENTIANE, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — A hydro-electric-powered energy revolution has been afoot in South-East Asia over recent years with the movement of fresh and fast-flowing waters increasingly fueling the consumption of larger amounts of energy resources to spur socio-economic development, poverty reduction and improvements in both urban and rural areas. The region’s most diminutive nation […]