The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Aug 27) By

Domestic terminal nears completion; 4G rollout complete; Concerns over inflation; Burmese coffee enters US; China boosts foreign aid.

Bagan Tourist Interest Bumps After Quake By

Damage to almost 200 historic pagodas and temples in Bagan after the earthquake is not dampening tourist interest, with tour operators even reporting a bump.


The YSX announced on Thursday that the base price for MCB shares would be 6,800 kyats.


The Central Bank publishes an inflation rate of 12.14 percent, surpassing the predictions of the World Bank and leading to fears of an upward spiral.


Twelve high-rise construction projects under suspension for months are given the green light to resume, after developers petitioned the government.


New payment cards, more Mandalay-Bangkok flights, jade mining suspensions, deals signed with China, and a projected drop in tin ore production.

Should State-Owned Enterprises Be Privatized? By

Burma’s government seeks verification as to why state-owned enterprises have been unprofitable, in order to better consider a move toward privatization.

Local Jade Traders Request Mining Ban By

Jade traders in upper Burma call on the govt to stop all jade mining in Kachin State’s Hpakant and Lone Khin regions to prevent the decline of the local jade market.

How to Grow Burma’s Economy By

The key to building national prosperity is to start by supporting small farmers, Asian economies expert Joe Studwell tells The Irrawaddy.

New SEZ Management Committees Formed By

President Htin Kyaw forms the new Special Economic Zone Central Management Committee and Central Working Committee, made up of government officials.


The Sule Square project in the commercial capital of Rangoon remains under negotiation with the city’s municipal body to secure final approval of its construction.

Myanmar Citizens Bank to Begin Trading on Yangon Stock Exchange By

The bank, in which the Ministry of Commerce holds a minority stake, is scheduled to begin trading on the Yangon Stock Exchange on Aug. 26.


UMFCCI hosts arbitration workshops; responsible business initiative submits UN report; World Bank provides a US$100 million loan; DICA proposes legislation to attract foreign investors; Rangoon food delivery service expands.

Parliament Appoints New Member to Central Bank’s Board of Directors By

The Union Parliament appoints Bo Bo Nge, a member of the National League for Democracy’s economic committee, to the board of directors of the Central Bank of Myanmar.

Central Bank to Appoint New Member By

A member of the National League for Democracy’s economic committee is put forward for the board of directors of the Central Bank of Myanmar.


A World Bank Loan worth US$100 million aims to cover a state deficit by separating salaries from the budget.


Preparations are being made to support farmers with seeds and fertilizers, and to monitor water levels, after paddy fields become inundated.

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (August 6, 2016) By

Burma one of the top destinations eyed by US companies for expansion; new bank to trade on the Yangon Stock Exchange; India seeks increase imports of pulses from Burma’s crop.


Irrawaddy Burmese editor Thalun Zaung Htet talks with UMFCCI vice chairman Dr. Maung Maung Lay and business reporter Thit Nay Moe about the NLD’s new economic policy.


Burma’s investment commission invites proposals for new hotel projects in the Myeik Archipelago, which will be assessed for environmental friendliness.

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