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World Bank warns Myanmar to double electricity sector investment

YANGON — Myanmar needs to invest twice as much and implement projects three times faster to address its rapidly growing demand for electricity, the World Bank said. The figures presented in its Myanmar Economic Monitor, a biannual report released on Tuesday, indicated that Myanmar’s electricity supply will further deteriorate without a steep increase in investment […]

IFC takes stake in Yoma Bank in first for Myanmar

Yoma Bank has become Myanmar’s first commercial lender with a foreign stakeholder following a decision by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to convert a US$5 million loan into a five percent equity shareholding. The IFC, the investment arm of the World Bank Group, provided the convertible loan package to Yoma Bank in 2014 to help […]

Daung Capital, doing well by doing good: Startup Stories

Myanmar has been grappling with poverty for decades. The country was classified as a “least developed country” by the United Nations in 1987 and remains so now. In 2015, the World Bank estimated Myanmar’s poverty rate to be 32%. While there has been some economic progress, particularly seen in the oft-shifting skyline of Yangon, approximately […]

City development takes time

Even a light shower can flood the streets in Yangon. Aside from the drainage, residents also face issues with power shortages, broken pavements, traffic jams, poor waste management, homelessness and stray dogs – to name but a few. These urban woes are not specific to Yangon, but cities across the country are dealing with a […]

WB warns Myanmar of urbanisation challenges

With more people moving to Yangon and other key destinations for better opportunities, the World Bank has warned of the challenges related to urbanisation in Myanmar at the launch of its latest report this week. Judy Baker, lead economist for social, urban, rural and resilient global practice at the World Bank, said Myanmar must urgently […]

Invitation for Bids, National Electrification Project, Deadlines: 12th July, 2019

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR MINISTRY OF ELECTRICITY AND ENERGY NATIONAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT SPECIFIC PROCUREMENT NOTICE   Date : 12th June, 2019 Invitation for Bids IDA, Credit No : 5727-MM Contract Title : Installation of Distribution Lines and Transformers for Adaptation Villages in Sagaing, Magway, Shan (North), Shan (South), Bago […]

World Bank confident China will post 6.2% growth rate

The World Bank maintained its prediction for Chinese economic growth at 6.2 percent in 2019, despite increasing global uncertainties, because the world’s second-largest economy has remained resilient, an updated report said on Friday. “In an external environment that has become less favorable due to slowing global growth and rising trade tensions, China’s economy will need […]

Sowing the seeds of growth in Myanmar

Once the rice bowl of Asia, even today, agriculture continues to be a vital contributor to Myanmar’s economy.The sector provides employment to about 53 percent of the country’s labor force and is a source of livelihood for about 70 percent of the rural population.It also contributes almost 38 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, […]

Myanmar’s farmers go hi-tech

\ According to the World Bank, Asia supports the food demands of 60 percent of the global population by using just 23 percent of the world’s agricultural land. Due to an increasing population and decreasing land mass, the role of technology in agriculture is key. This is where the booming start-up scene in Southeast Asia […]

Myanmar: A burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem

A bit more than a decade ago, buying a cellular SIM card in Myanmar cost US$3,000 in 2001 and $250 in 2013. Fast forward to April 2019, and you can purchase a starter pack for as little as $1.10. And this is only one of the changes afoot in Myanmar, where local and international entrepreneurs […]