The Report: Myanmar 2017

  • ID: 4078484
  • Country Profile
  • Region: Burma, Myanmar
  • 252 Pages
  • Oxford Business Group
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Democratically Elected Government Assumes Office Along With Fresh Legislation that is Expected to Draw Foreign Investment


  • AIA Group
  • Colliers International
  • Macquarie University
  • MPT-KSGM Joint Operations
  • Parami Energy Group
  • Surbana Jurong
  • MORE

In recent years trade and investment in Myanmar have soared, buoyed by ongoing efforts to liberalise the economy and a successful political transition in November 2015 that saw the National League for Democracy become the country’s first civilian-led government elected to power in modern history.

Political reforms have brought significant economic benefits, as the US government moved to lift burdensome sanctions that had weighed on investor sentiment and trade growth.

With the administration now moving to implement a host of domestic reforms, loosen internal trade restrictions and draft a new investment law, growth is expected to resume apace following a slowdown during the election year.

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  • AIA Group
  • Colliers International
  • Macquarie University
  • MPT-KSGM Joint Operations
  • Parami Energy Group
  • Surbana Jurong
  • MORE


  • Rich in diversity: The nation opens up for investment
  • Viewpoint: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor
  • Viewpoint: President U Htin Kyaw
  • A new era: Modernisation and peace-building continue
  • Interview: Lim Hng Kiang, Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade)
  • Interview: Mark Garnier, Parliamentary Undersecretary, UK Department for International Trade
  • Coming together: The nation prepares to join the ASEAN Economic Community
  • Viewpoint: Former US President Barack Obama
  • One year on: The new government’s plans focus on democratic and market reforms


  • Making progress: A renewed focus on trade
  • Interview: Le Luong Minh, ASEAN Secretary-General
  • Free and clear: Removal of most economic sanctions has unleashed economic potential
  • Interview: Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade
  • Interview: Vivek Pathak, Director for East Asia and the Pacific, International Finance Corporation
  • Right moves: A new law will reform the nation’s investment framework
  • Interview: U Thura Ko Ko, Managing Director, YGA Capital; and Local Representative, Texas Pacific Group
  • Interview: Peter Beynon, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar


  • Setting the pace: The country is leading the regional pack in growth rates
  • Interview: U Kyaw Win, Minister of Planning and Finance
  • Interview: Sean Turnell, Economic Advisor, National League for Democracy; and Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Macquarie University
  • New opportunities: A host of new laws will help facilitate ongoing growth
  • Interview: U Thurane Aung, Vice-President, Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development
  • Growth drivers: Myanmar’s new economic zones
  • Interview: Keiichiro Nakazawa, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Myanmar Office


  • Picking up the pace: Ongoing reforms strengthen oversight of the sector
  • Cyberspace race: Banks invest in technology to modernise operations
  • Interview: U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, Governor, Central Bank of Myanmar
  • Roundtable: Azeem Azimuddin, CFO and Advisor to Chairman, Aya Bank; Antony Picon, Managing Director, Colliers International; Kim Chawsu, Managing Partner, Katalysts Investment Group; and Hal Bosher, CEO, Yoma Bank
  • Capital comeback: Regulations strengthen as trading gets under way on the exchange and officials assess the next developmental steps
  • Interview: U Yin Zaw Myo, Managing Director, Yangon Stock Exchange
  • Interview: Quach Hung Hiep, Senior Executive Vice-President, Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
  • Risk and reward: Investors see great potential in this untapped market
  • Interview: Simeon Preston, Group COO, AIA Group


  • Charging up: Infrastructure upgrades aim to cover gaps in the energy sector
  • Interview: Ken Tun, CEO, Parami Energy Group
  • Interview: U Kyaw Kyaw Hlaing, Chairman, SMART Group of Companies
  • Water and wind: Renewables alone could power the entire country
  • Interview: Billy Harkin, Chairman, Energize Myanmar
  • Water management: Industrial expansion has increased demand for resources


  • Looking strong: Tapping into the telecoms market’s latent potential
  • Roundtable: Takashi Nagashima, CEO, MPT-KSGM Joint Operations; Rene Meza, CEO, Ooredoo Myanmar; and Lars Erik Tellmann, CEO, Telenor Myanmar
  • Appetite for data: The rise of 4G is set to expand the sector’s clientele base
  • Interview: Michelle Simmons, General Manager of South-east Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific
  • Interview: David Madden, Founder & CEO, Phandeeyar
  • Building up: Infrastructure investments and venture capital help develop the sector


  • Solid foundations: Demand for public infrastructure and affordable housing drives strong sector forecasts
  • Viewpoint: U Win Khaing, Minister of Construction
  • Transition period: Excess supply slows growth, but long-term forecasts remain positive
  • Interview: Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO, Surbana Jurong
  • High hopes: Though fraught with delays, a law on foreign ownership of high-rise condominiums could catalyse foreign investment
  • Interview: Omar Shahzad, Group CEO, Meinhardt Group


  • Turning point: Unlocking potential to raise productivity and increase exports
  • Interview: Sunil Seth, President, Overseas Agro Traders Association of Myanmar
  • Filling the funding gap: Increasing the credit options available for smallholders
  • Taking action: Authorities have implemented logging and export bans in an effort to slow down deforestation


  • Digging in: New course set by recent reforms is just the beginning
  • Interview: U Ohn Winn, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
  • Interview: U Nay Win Tun, Chairman, Ruby Dragon Group of Companies
  • Reducing bureaucracy: New legislation has cleared the way for investors


  • Top of the agenda: Manufacturing is to become a key growth driver
  • Interview: U Ko Ko Gyi, Group Managing Director, Capital Diamond Star Group
  • Policy focus: Sector plan foresees the development of industrial clusters and legislative reform
  • Highly attractive: Foreign investment in the food and beverage segment is rising


  • Expanding provision: The government has made health care investment a key policy
  • Viewpoint: Dr Myint Htwe, Union Minister, Ministry of Health and Sports
  • Back to basics: Major changes to the education sector are under way
  • Interview: Myo Thein Gyi, Minister of Education
  • In practice: A new focus on TVET is helping fill gaps in the labour market


  • Sustaining momentum: The industry seeks to build on recent successes
  • Labour pains: Training initiatives can tackle the sector’s human capital deficit
  • Accommodating the market: As the stock of high-end hotels increases, room rates are witnessing a decline
  • A welcome boost: Efforts to simplify regulations should encourage more visitors
  • Interview: U Nay Aung, Founder, Oway Group

13. TAX

  • Reforms and regulations: A guide to taxation
  • Viewpoint: U Win Thin, Chairman, Win Consulting


  • Fine tuning: Moves to reshape the investment framework continue
  • Viewpoint: Cheah Swee Gim, Director, Kelvin Chia Yangon


  • City of flowers: Pyin Oo Lwin offers visitors a small taste of the past
  • Sweet dreams: A summary of popular hotels
  • Listings: Contact information for ministries and more
  • Facts for visitors: Tips for travellers
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  • AIA Group
  • Aya Bank
  • Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
  • Capital Diamond Star Group
  • Central Bank of Myanmar
  • Colliers International
  • Energize Myanmar
  • International Finance Corporation
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Katalysts Investment Group
  • Kelvin Chia Yangon
  • Macquarie University
  • Meinhardt Group
  • Microsoft Asia Pacific
  • Ministry of Health and Sports
  • MPT-KSGM Joint Operations
  • Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development
  • National League for Democracy
  • Ooredoo Myanmar
  • Overseas Agro Traders Association of Myanmar
  • Oway Group
  • Parami Energy Group
  • Phandeeyar
  • Ruby Dragon Group of Companies
  • SMART Group of Companies
  • Surbana Jurong
  • Telenor Myanmar
  • Texas Pacific Group
  • Win Consulting
  • Yangon Stock Exchange
  • YGA Capital
  • Yoma Bank
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