Falling kyat may put pressure on foreign debt

The falling value of the Myanmar kyat versus the US dollar could make repaying external debt harder for the government in the coming fiscal year. In 2018-19, it is expected to repay K877 billion out of the $9 billion Myanmar owes to foreign creditors, according to the budget submitted for the period. That amount may […]

What the US Can Learn from China and India’s Engagement With Myanmar

Washington and Brussels recently levied new economic sanctions against certain Myanmar military officers in connection with the atrocities of the Rohingya crisis unfolding in the country’s western Rakhine state, where thousands of the Muslim minority group have died and hundreds of thousands more have fled across the border to Bangladesh. The United Nations High Commissioner […]

Singapore Pledges Continued Support for Myanmar

Singapore’s foreign minister said the city-state and current ASEAN chair would continue to support Myanmar’s economic development and peace process through its many challenges. Speaking with journalists from across the regional bloc on Monday, Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore stood with Myanmar as it tackled economic challenges, civil war and the Rohingya crisis. Balakrishnan has met […]

Myanmar Ranks at the Bottom of Asean for Access to Electricity

Naypyitaw — Myanmar’s people have the lowest access to electricity in Southeast Asia, according to U Myo Myint, an energy expert who helped conduct a survey on the issue for the World Bank. “About 70 percent of households in Myanmar get electricity from either the national grid or other sources outside the grid for only […]

Myanmar urged to fix key issues for industrial revamp

MYANMAR’S potential to become a regional investment hub would be realised only if the government manages to address major challenges businesses are facing in the nation, a banking expert has warned. Than Lwin, a senior consultant at KBZ Bank Ltd and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) stressed the importance of […]

Ministry of electricity and energy, National electrification project, Invitation for Bids, Submission Date: 11 September 2018.

Date: 29th July, 2018 Specific procurement notice IDA Credit No. : 5727-MM Contract Title: Concrete Poles for NationalElectrification Project Reference No.: C1-G11 1. The Ministry of Electricity and Energy has received financing from the World Bank towards the cost of the National Electrification Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards payments under […]

Myanmar’s Waiting for the Western Investment That Never Came

Among business leaders in Myanmar, would-be investment from the U.S. and Europe is known by the wry acronym NATO. “No Action, Talk Only,” Sean Turnell, special economic consultant to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in an interview, underscoring the country’s history of missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy began […]

Myanmar witnesses more development during incumbent gov’t: survey

YANGON, July 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has witnessed improvement of living condition during the last two years of the government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. With the cooperation of the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, a government survey was conducted […]

Upgrading Myanmar’s internet connection

In 2010, internet penetration in Myanmar was less than 0.3 per cent of the population, amounting to a mere 130,000 users. By 2016 this figure had risen 100 times to 13 million citizens online, and this number continues to grow. A World Bank-funded telecom reforms program led to the arrival of two private operators in […]

Uncertainty for economy remains despite pick-up in growth: World Bank

Despite the strong performance and favourable economic outlook for Myanmar, risks have emerged that could affect business confidence and derail future developments if not addressed, according to the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor released yesterday. The report said that the country’s economy performed better in 2017-18 amid growing global and domestic uncertainty, partially offsetting slower […]