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Nestle Myanmar to Locally Produce Half of its Products

Imports of Nestle products to Myanmar would be reduced to 50 per cent next year when the firm’s recently opened factory in Dagon Seikkan Township of Yangon reaches full production. Hayri Devrim Cobek, managing director of Nestle Myanmar, said all the Nestle products in Myanmar have been from other Asean countries until this year, but […]

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 […]

Japanese cars enjoy an afterlife in Myanmar, but not for much longer

THE Japanese make cars that last but replace them relatively quickly. The average car in Japan is three years younger than in America. This combination of durable manufacturing and dutiful consumption of a prized national product works out well for the rest of the world; many countries import older Japanese cars in bulk. Secondhand vehicles […]

Will the cheroot tradition go up in smoke?

The industry faces many challenges. Reinvention is needed if the traditional cigarette is to survive. “I roll one thousand cheroots per day,” says 27-year-old Tin Ninlar Win as she finishes one thin cylinder and gets ready to roll another. “I started when I was thirteen”. That is a lot of Burmese cigarettes in a lifetime, […]

With return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar, smoking rates on the rise

Since the return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar en masse in 2013, smoking rates have increased markedly. Tobacco control experts warn that the firms’ sophisticated strategies are likely to push more people into the clutches of addiction From the backseat of a traffic-stranded cab attempting to travel from Yangon’s airport to a city hotel, Myanmar’s burgeoning love affair with […]

Myanmar spelling disrupts Carlsberg’s marketing plan

MYANMAR Carlsberg has learned a lesson the hard way: It should have been wiser in picking a local term for its marketing plan. The company, the brewer of Tuborg beer, has been embroiled in widespread criticism this past week, after its decision to use a popular Myanmar term – tu po – on the label. […]

Financial intelligence for Asia’s healthcare markets

“Myanmar’s healthcare infrastructure remains underdeveloped,” writes Ang Wei Zheng, pharmaceuticals & healthcare analyst for BMI Research in Singapore in a new research paper that looks at opportunities for private healthcare providers in the country. Although many healthcare companies, like Malaysia’s IHH Healthcare, have shown interest, to date only three companies have made the leap. First […]

Yangon rents retreat from sky-high levels

For expats in Myanmar, most of which are moving to the country’s business hub of Yangon, searching for a reasonably affordable apartment or office in the city used to be a nightmare. Because there are far too few new developments with condo units or offices and not enough existing living and working space at Western […]

No Quick Fix for an Ailing Health System

Ethnic communities have spent decades building vital services in the absence of government help, but there are now fears interference could result in their work being undermined. While acknowledging Myanmar needs help, Cynthia Maung is not optimistic that a $100 million (about 3.2 billion baht) agreement with the World Bank for essential health services will […]

Road Safety: The most important thing is law enforcement

Import liberalisation since 2011 has resulted in a massive increase in the number of vehicles on Myanmar’s roads and a corresponding sharp rise in traffic accidents. Figures released by the Myanmar Police Force and the World Health Organisation show the number of reported road accident fatalities in 2013 was 13,907. That’s a death rate of […]