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MYANMAR: Investors in 10 Priority Sectors Promised Advantageous Treatment

4 July 2017

Investors in 10 priority sectors are to be given advantageous treatment by a number of official agencies, including the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) and any relevant local government bodies...Read More


MYANMAR: Wholly Foreign-owned Businesses Granted Extended Trading Rights

28 June 2017

For the first time, wholly foreign-owned companies have been approved to import, distribute and trade in hospital equipment, construction materials, seeds, pesticides and fertilisers....Read More


MYANMAR: Unused Industrial Zone Land to Revert to Government After Six Months

18 May 2017

Ownership rights to unused industrial land are to revert to the government if they fail to become operational within a six-month period. The move follows concerns that such land in industrial zone sit...Read More


MYANMAR: FDI in Proscribed Business Sectors Must Be Registered by March 2019

9 May 2017

Foreign investors with an existing interest in any of the recently-proscribed FDI sectors have until 29 March 2019 to notify the Myanmar Investment Commission (or any other relevant state or regional ...Read More


MYANMAR: Full Range of Investment Charges Unveiled

28 April 2017

The Myanmar Investment Commission has announced the fees payable for a range of investment-related services....Read More


MYANMAR: Government Issues List of Approved and Proscribed FDI Sectors

12 April 2017

An official list of business sectors suitable for foreign investment, as well as a list of those sectors where such investment is proscribed, has just been issued by the Myanmar Investment Commission ...Read More


MYANMAR: SEZ Licences for Overseas Insurance Companies Mark First Step Towards Liberalisation

29 March 2017

Overseas insurance companies can now apply for a licence to conduct business within the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the only such zone operational in the country....Read More


BRI-Backed Rail Link Set to Unleash the Economic Potential of Laos

20 March 2017

With work now under way on the China-Laos Railway Project, hopes are high that it will form a key element of the Belt and Road Initiative, transforming Laos' infrastructure and delivering rapid and af...Read More


MYANMAR: Work Begins on Delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone Project

13 March 2017

Work is expected to commence on the delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) project in south-eastern Myanmar. Initially mooted in 2008, the project has long been beset with financial difficulties....Read More


Belt and Road Project Set to Usher In New Economic Dawn for Myanmar

6 March 2017

With its abundant natural resources and its unmatched geographical advantages, Myanmar could benefit hugely from the Belt and Road Initiative, but only if it can secure the massive investment needed f...Read More


MYANMAR: New Factory Sites Set to Be Released on Expanded Thilawa SEZ

1 March 2017

New factory sites are to be released within the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) before the end of 2017. Set on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial hub, the SEZ has already attracted more...Read More


Myanmar: Market Profile

27 Feb 2017

Myanmar has shown solid GDP growth in recent years, expanding by 6.5% in 2016. For 2017, the economy is expected to grow by 6.9% as private and public investments in infrastructure, light manufacturin...Read More


MYANMAR: Jail Threat to Resident Foreigners Absent from Registered Address for 24 Hours or More

7 Feb 2017

Resident foreigners will need to seek prior approval from their local immigration office prior to taking any trip within the country that sees them absent from their registered address for 24 hours or...Read More


TV Remains Dominant Platform for Multi-sourced Content Across Asia

2 Feb 2017

Despite the challenge of enhanced internet access throughout most of Asia, television has retained a pivotal role, although ever more frequently it is being called upon to host content sourced through...Read More


MYANMAR: Illicit Export Earnings Targetted in Government Crackdown

27 Jan 2017

The export earnings of all businesses are to be subject to greater scrutiny, with legal action likely against any company that fails to properly declare such transactions....Read More


MYANMAR: Guidelines on Compulsory FDI Permit Requirements Released

27 Jan 2017

Clarification has now been issued as to which FDI projects will require prior approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). As of April 1, any project requiring investment of more than US$100...Read More


MYANMAR: All Timber Exports Now Channeled Through State-owned Official Body

12 Jan 2017

From 1 May, state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) will be the only body permitted to export timber from the country....Read More


MYANMAR: National Rollout of Online Customs System Postponed Until 2018

12 Jan 2017

Teething troubles with the country’s new online customs clearance system means its national rollout is now likely to be postponed until 2018....Read More


MYANMAR: Ban on Used Vehicle Imports Set to Boost Domestic Automotive Industry

4 Jan 2017

Vehicle imports to the country are now restricted to right-hand drive models manufactured post-2015. While the move has been seen as a blow to Myanmar’s second-hand car market, it is expected to provi...Read More


MYANMAR: Work on Yangon’s Second Special Economic Zone to Commence in 2018

29 Dec 2016

The authorities are planning to build a new Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the outskirts of the city of Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. The planned SEZ, which has received approval from the ...Read More

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