Govt risks derailing economy despite legislative reforms

Candid comments from businesses expose this govt’s leadership and policy void in managing the economy, with no vision and little action. As the administration concludes its second year, it has yet to deliver. BUSINESS leaders, in rare candour, have expressed strong reservations and wide-ranging criticism over the current government’s approach to the economy as it […]

Real Estate Sector to Pick up on Back of Foreign Demand

Demand in the Myanmar real estate market is expected to pick up in 2018 now that the rules to the new Condominium Law have been released. Under the new rules, property investments by foreigners are expected to spike, said U Aung Naing Oo, secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission. The rules, which were released in […]

Serge Pun goes Where Others Fear to Tread

WHERE others see operational and regulatory risks in setting up businesses in Myanmar, Burmese tycoon Serge Pun sees opportunities – openings that he says wouldn’t fall into his lap in highly regulated and mature markets like Singapore and Hong Kong. In an interview with The Business Times on Thursday, the chairman of the Serge Pun […]

Yoma Throws Weight Behind Office Space Demand and Urban Development

A great many metropolises in Asia are defined by their skyscrapers — one only has to think of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Lord Norman Foster’s HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong. But while high-rise building lace the skylines of major Asian cities like Singapore, Jakarta and Bangkok, Yangon stands as an exception. Last month, […]

New Companies Law a game changer for bourse

The enactment of the new Myanmar Companies Law will bring about change for local companies listed or planning to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), leading to further development in the economy. Under the new Companies Law, which was officially signed into legislation by President U Htin Kyaw on Wednesday, foreigner investors will now […]

Yoma Strategic profits from equipment sales, KFC expansion in Myanmar

On October 27, Yoma Strategic, an affiliate of First Myanmar Investments Company (FMI), which is listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), announced a strong set of financial results for the period ended September 30. The company announced revenues amounting to S$59 million for the six months to September 30, 2017, representing an increase of […]

Businesses push for better communications with Nay Pyi Taw

THE government should update the business community with the latest economic activities and manage the expectations, according to domestic and foreign investors at a recent investment forum held in the country’s capital. Investors in Myanmar would like to see a push towards further liberalisation of the economy. More people are taking part in the private […]

Belt and Road should not dictate infrastructure priorities: Melvyn Pun

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should not dictate Myanmar’s infrastructure priorities despite the importance of Chinese finance, according to the head of Yoma Strategic. Infrastructure should be developed for Myanmar’s national interest. During the 2nd ASEAN-Myanmar Forum hosted by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs in Sedona Hotel yesterday, Melvyn Pun, the chief executive […]

Yoma JCB holds official launch ceremony in Yangon

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Convenience Prosperity Company Limited (CPCL), held its official launch ceremony for its JCB heavy equipment products in Yangon on 17 May. CPCL is the exclusive distributor for JCB construction equipment in Myanmar and started operations in January 2017. The official launch ceremony held at Pun Hlaing […]

The Peninsula Hotel to Arrive in Yangon

​​ First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has announced its luxury hotel venture The Peninsula Yangon as part of its real estate development Yoma Central, a move that coincided with a rise in its share price. On February 16, FMI held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Yoma Central project, formerly known as the Landmark Development, in Yangon. […]