Myanmar Articles & Analysis

Although Myanmar has been faced with internal conflict, a new long-term economic agenda, alongside rising oil and gas prices and considerable growth in some manufacturing segments, are set to encourage increased foreign direct investment inflows into the country.

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The latest step in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s financial services sector has seen the Ministry of Planning and Finance give five foreign insurance providers the provisional right to launch wholly owned life insurance businesses in the country.

Myanmar has continued to roll out new transport projects as part of its major infrastructure drive, with upgraded road and rail networks set to unlock economic development and provide opportunities for private investment.

As regional exchanges become more mature, which factors make SGX a standout proposition for Asian companies seeking to list? 

As part of ongoing efforts to liberalise the financial services industry and increase credit to the private sector, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has introduced regulations to facilitate foreign investment in domestic lenders.

In an attempt to reverse a recent decline in foreign investment, Myanmar has set up a new ministry tasked with attracting and facilitating fresh inflows, though concerns over the re-imposition of import tariffs by the EU could cool investor appetite.


Myanmar is considered a crucial component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the multibillion-dollar project that has the potential to shake up global trade and improve transnational infrastructure links. Of particular interest to China is a planned special economic zone (SEZ) and deepwater port at Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State, which...