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How policy, not price or quality, is destroying Myanmar’s steel industry

Perhaps because Myanmar is a relatively recent convert to free trade it is keen to show its commitment to it. The more Donald Trump talks about making America great through slapping tariffs on China, the more we want to appear internationally-minded and progressive. But if we want to make the most from free trade, we […]

Closing the global and national digital divide

In the last couple of decades, the “digital divide” was narrowly defined by people’s access to the internet. Myanmar, of course, had very poor internet connections as recently as six years ago. In 2012, this country’s internet penetration was a mere eight percent of the population. In 2018, with four mobile phone operators in a […]

Why Myanmar is important to Japan

From the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to a large-scale mixed development project just opposite Shwedagon Pagoda in the heart of Yangon City, Japan’s presence in Myanmar is growing fast. Since 2012, its combined investments in Thilawa and that approved by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) have risen by 6.3 times, to US$341 million in […]

Bangladesh garment exporters hardly grab orders diverted from China

Bangladesh cannot grab the apparel work orders, which are being shifted from China to other countries, due to lower capacity, weak infrastructure and inadequate supply of energy, exporters said. China’s market share in global apparel trade has been declining over the last few years because of a dearth of skilled workers and the manufacturing shift […]

Deep-sea port needed for delta region to boost logistics

The recommendations are published in the position paper released by the European Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (EuroCham) in June as part of EuroCham’s annual White Book. The publication highlighted the need for Myanmar to establish deep-sea ports in order for the country to realise its geographical advantage and become a logistics hub in Asia. Despite […]

Traders wish for negotiations with Chinese for blocked bank accounts

Traders want the State to enter into negotiations with the Chinese government over 1,000 bank accounts of Myanmar merchants which are frozen by Chinese banks, merchants said. The Chinese government blocked the bank accounts which are used in transactions in the course of taking actions against illegal importers from Myanmar and Viet Nam. The bank […]

Safeguard law to curb unfair imports planned

The Ministry of Commerce is preparing a law aimed at closing the widening trade deficit. The “Safeguard Law” will allow for countermeasures against unfair practices, such as instituting an anti-dumping taxes on those selling below cost to corner the market, and countervailing duties, which aim to neutralise foreign subsidies. Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Win Myint, […]

WTO slams inefficient state-run firms

The losses of state-owned businesses amount to 5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product as they spend 75 per cent of the government’s budget, according to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO held a workshop on its first trade policy review in Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon on January 23. It is […]

Draft of amalgamated investment law nearing completion, says DICA

Draft legislation amalgamating Myanmar’s two investment laws is expected to be completed in November, Directorate of Investment and Company Administration director general U Aung Naing Oo has told Mizzima. U Aung Naing Oo said the legislation will merge the Foreign Investment Law enacted in November 2012 and the July 2013 Myanmar Citizens Investment Law. They […]

Myanmar to implement IP laws ahead of WTO target

Improved intellectual property laws could be introduced in Myanmar as early as the start of next year, officials drafting the laws say, adding they will provide a more stable framework for investors well ahead of the World Trade Organisation’s latest deadline of 2021. The proposed laws covering copyright, design, trademark and patents would replace legislation […]