Monday, August 29, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Chin State invites hydropower investment

The Chin State government welcomes local and foreign investment into hydropower production, according to Salai Isaac Khen, state minister for development, electricity and industry.

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Commercial court and skilled judges crucial, say legal experts

Myanmar is busy enacting legislation it hopes will help put international investors at ease. But passing laws is not the same as building the institutions and expertise necessary to enforce them, and the legal sector will need to work hard to provide a stable environment for foreign investment, experts have said.

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Inflation falls on data update

The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) has overhauled its method of calculating inflation, which includes adding a host of modern items like mobile phones and automobiles to its outdated basket of consumer goods. The result is a lower – but still steadily rising – rate of inflation.

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​Myanmar Citizens Bank sets share base price

The first bank to list on Myanmar’s stock exchange has published the price at which its shares will start trading today. Officials at the lender are hoping to avoid the sharp swings in value other listed firms have had to endure.

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Local firms struggle to access foreign loans

Local firms are finding it hard to take advantage of Central Bank regulation allowing them to borrow from abroad, because international lenders lack sufficient information to assess their credit worth, according to financial industry heads.

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Chin State to focus on trade, SMEs and tourism

The Chin State government will focus on developing three main areas of the local economy over the next five years – trade, small and medium enterprises, and tourism – according to the state minister for development, electricity and industry.

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Tanintharyi rejects bid to export sand to Maldives

The Tanintharyi Region government has rejected a recent proposal by Salt International Company to extract sand from Myeik district and export it to the Maldives, the region’s chief minister told The Myanmar Times yesterday.

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MPs discuss reforms to loss-making Myanmar Economic Bank

The country’s largest state-owned bank has been loss-making since 1988 and reforms are necessary to help it become profitable again, parliament heard on August 23.

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Finance ministry hopes to rely less on Central Bank

The government is hoping the start of Treasury bond auctions in multiple denominations will allow it to rely less on selling government debt to the Central Bank, U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister for planning and finance, told a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on August 23.

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The race to build a supply base

With oil and gas majors planning to ramp up their Myanmar operations the need for a local offshore supply base is becoming critical. Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) is preparing to issue a tender to build and operate multiple bases, while a Singaporean joint venture is hoping to receive approval for its own supply base in the next few months.

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