Germany pledges SME aid

The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) will support the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises along with three Myanmar banks – the Small and Medium-sized Industrial Development (SMIDB), Kanbawza and Yoma, Parliament’s Banks and Monetary Development Committee has announced. 

Vietnam's Hoang Anh Gia Lai signs agreement with Spanish company for Yangon hotel

Vietnam-based Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Spanish Melia Hotels International have signed an agreement to jointly operate a five-star hotel that will soon open in Yangon.

A signing ceremony was held at Yangon’s Sedona Hotel, attended by Htay Aung the Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism.

Foreign insurance companies who meet their standards allow to work in SEZs says IBSC

Foreign insurance companies who meet their standards allow to work in SEZs says IBSC Insurance Business Supervision Committee (IBSC) will be the only granted foreign insurance company which meets their standardizations to work in Thilawa Kyaukpyu and Dawei special economic zones, according to its committee.
The committee said they will announce the profile of companies who are eligible to make business in SEZs during May.

Unlicensed vehicle market plummets in Myawady

Sales of unlicensed vehicles have dropped due to the increase in legally imported cars via the Thai–Myanmar Friendship Bridge and stricter monitoring of unauthorized vehicles in rural areas, car dealerships in Myawaddy are reporting.

"The Road Transportation Administration is stricter on higher grade cars so there is almost no market for that," said one car dealer who did not provide his name.

Is rent still rising?

According to real estate market forecasts since September 2014, rental rates for luxury apartments are steadily declining, while rates for basic apartments have remained ore stable.

Myanmar’s border trade thriving

Myanmar’s Ministry of Trade and Commerce have reported that legal trade within the border has doubled within the past four fiscal years.

There are a total of 15 trading posts to trade with China, Thailand, Indian and Bangladesh. In the 2011-2012 FY, the average trade amounted to US$3.368 billion, in 2012-2013 FY, US$3.755 billion, in 2013-2014 FY, US$ 4.559 billion.

Farmers encouraged to boost fruit exports

Myanmar Agriculture Department has distributed good agricultural practice (GAP) application forms to farmers in Shan State, Mandalay, Sagaing, Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon regions.  

A total of 118 plantation owners, including 10 owners from the agriculture department, have applied to the department so far.

Trade with US reaches US$550 million

Trade between Myanmar and the US reached US$550 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year, said the Ministry of Commerce.

"Trade between Myanmar and the US increased to reach US$550 million. Goods imported from the US hit US$500 million and our exports gained US$50 million," said director Win Myint from the ministry.

The ministry explained that Myanmar imported consumer products worth US$428 million and investment-related equipment worth US$50 million and raw materials worth US$21 million.

World Bank unveils US$1.6bn loan

The World Bank’s International Development Association has declared that it will contribute US$1.6 billion as a long-term, interest-free loan to Myanmar as part of its Country Partnership Framework.

New wine import regulations announced

The Ministry of Commerce hasannounced new regulations requiring imported wines to contain between 7 and 20 percent alcohol and to only be imported by land or sea.