FMI ventures into affordable housing

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) will be investing in the affordable housing sector in a bid to offset falling revenue from its construction businesses, FMI chair Serge Pun said during the firm’s 26th annual general meeting, held at the Yangon National Theatre, on July 29. He said the domestic property sector has no demand as those […]

Demand from education providers jolts real estate market

The Yangon real estate sector has received a much-needed boost from an unlikely source: education providers. Since foreigners were permitted to wholly invest in the provision of educational services in the country earlier this year, demand for high-standard condominium and office units has surged. This is because education investors find leasing or buying condominium or […]

Yoma Strategic unveils new plans, new name

The family-run holdings company behind Yangon luxury developments Pun Hlaing Estate, StarCity and Yoma Central announced on June 26 that the real estate portion of their business dealings will be rebranded under the name Yoma Land and that they will also be delving into “mass market product offerings.” While Yoma Land Managing Director Cyrus Pun […]

Chinese hotpot chain to arrive in Myanmar by year’s end

YOMA Strategic will launch Myanmar’s first franchise restaurant, Little Sheep, later this year. Little Sheep originated from China’s Inner Mongolia Province in 1999 and now has 300 outlets across 120 regions. A subsidiary of Yum China Holdings, the Baotou-headquartered restaurant chain is renowned for its hotpot broth made from a wide variety of herbs and […]

Yoma Strategic, Pernod Ricard announce JV, target leadership in Myanmar’s whisky industry

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. (“Yoma Strategic”) and Pernod Ricard have announced that they intend to form a joint venture company which will focus on the production and distribution of whisky in Myanmar. Pernod Ricard will install an internationally experienced management team and become the largest shareholder in the new company. The remaining equity will be […]

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 […]