May 1, 2015

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.

“We have already drawn for the standardizations for foreign insurance companies. We will announce the standardizations later,” said Dr. Maung Maung Thein, Chairperson of the IBSC.

Moreover the companies who are allowed to work in SEZs need to pay US$30,000 license fees.

At present, Myanmar allowed foreign insurance companies including from Europe and South East Asia countries to open representative offices. Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd., Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. Ltd., Taiyo-Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Poema Insurances, American International Assurance Co. Ltd., Samsung Life Insurance Co. Ltd., The Great Eastern Insurance Assurance Co. Ltd., Prudential Holdings Ltd., ACE INA International Holdings Ltd., Pana Harrison (Asia) Pte. Ltd., Manulife Financial Life Insurance and Wills are among the foreign insurance companies who have been granted to open representatives’ offices in Myanmar.

Local insurance companies have two kinds of insurance businesses. The first one is life insurance companies and the second is more general insurance companies.

Local and foreign insurance companies will have to collect insurance rates fixed by the IBSC and they can be granted general insurance including fire insurance.

Source: Eleven Weekly Media

Apr 29, 2015

Oil Imports to Come by Sea

Sea-based import of 95 RON oil will begin in May, according to an announcement from the Association of Local Oil Importers.

Association secretary U Win Myint told Myanmar Business Today that maritime import has become more important as the cost of road transport from the Myawaddy border with Thailand has increased significantly.

U Win Myint said, “It is five times more expensive to import oil by truck, and the quality inspection process is much quicker on ships.”

The imported oil will be inspected by the Thanlyin Oil Refinery, and stored near the Thilawa special economic zone.

U Tin Naing Soe, Head of refined oil trade department said, “There has been increased consumption of 95 RON, and traders can acquire cheaper, higher quality oil from overseas.”

The Association of Oil Importers has stated that 95 RON will be imported from Singaporean and Malaysian companies starting in May.

Source: Myanmar Business Today

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.

The loan, set to distribute between 2015 and 2017, is the first complete project of many stemming from the first alliance since 1984 between the World Bank and Myanmar. Under this project, health-care services and conditions of around 3 million pregnant women and children are targeted as well as improving the living conditions, including access to electricity, of 6 million people.

The International Finance Corporation says it will be contributing US$1 billion and technological support worth US$20 million.

“The framework’s objective is to reduce the poverty rate and for the private sector to grow by allowing more people from a wider spectrum to participate. Only then will the poor and the needy will be able to benefit from the current improvements. In our task to improve the lives of the citizens, we hope to continue to work together with the government, private organisations and investors,” said the World Bank’s SEA Deputy Director Ulrich Zachau.

The World Bank’s declaration also stated that it would work to decrease poverty in remote villages and areas where 75 per cent of the country’s poor live, aiding the effort in economic governance to better help the poor and for an additional 3.5 million people to gain access to electricity.

It also aims to improve health care, education, small businesses development, IT and banking services and invest US$150 million to create private-sector business opportunities.

Source: Eleven Weekly Media

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.

Foreign investment in Myanmar hit US$8 billion while the country imported investment-related items worth US$7.3 billion.

Myanmar’s exports are split into seven groups, including agricultural products, and imports are divided into three main groups: investment-related items, raw materials and consumer products.

The foreign trade volume from April 1 to 17 this fiscal year saw a slight drop as it reached US$551 million, compared with that of last year which hit US$613 million in the same period.

Source: Eleven Weekly Media

Apr 24, 2015

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Apr 23, 2015

Schneider Electric and KTK Electrical Engineering partner to manufacture International Quality High Tech Medium Voltage Switchgear in Myanmar

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, and KTK Electrical Engineering, a leading electrical panels manufacturer and electrical products distributor in Myanmar, have signed a partnership agreement to provide a range of pre-designed and type-tested Air Insulated Switchgear in order to support the growing electrical distribution network of Myanmar.

This partnership allows the licensing of Schneider Electric NEX Air Insulated Switchgear technology and design to KTK Electrical Engineering, who will henceforth manufacture it in Myanmar.

NEX 17.5kV Air Insulated Switchgear is the result of worldwide acquired experience (more than 20,000 items of switchgear installed world-wide) and the incorporation of innovating solutions designed from tried and tested equipment such as high performances breaking devices, digital control, monitoring and protection chains, and enclosures able to withstand internal arcing.
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This fully IEC 62271-200 standard compliant product offers much better safety for the public and operators alike against electrical, mechanical and thermal effects of a fault. It is particularly suitable for the Medium Voltage section of HV/MV and MV/MV substations in all electrical distribution markets such as utility, energy, infrastructure and industry thanks to its robust design, pre-designed solutions, easy installation, reliability and reduced maintenance.

With this partnership, Schneider Electric underlines its commitment to develop local partners and contribute to the advancement of technological capacity in the country.

“We are proud to be part of Myanmar’s development in the electrical sector and to provide the possibility of locally manufacturing our NEX Switchgear. KTK Electrical Engineering, with many years of experience installing medium voltage equipment, the professionalism and expertise of their team, is for us a key partner to providing our solutions and technologies to customers in Myanmar.” stated Pascal Reigner, Country President of Schneider Electric Myanmar.

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First foreign bank in decades opens in Myanmar

The first foreign bank to operate in Myanmar for decades officially opened the doors of its Yangon branch on Wednesday (Apr 22), the latest government attempt to attract more foreign investment to the emergent nation.

Myanmar's quasi-civilian administration, which replaced a military government in 2011, is trying to modernise the creaking banking system to increase capital flows to local businesses and to spur investment, particularly in the nascent special economic zones, to ease poverty.

Approved foreign investment stood at just over US$8 billion in the 2014/15 fiscal year, nearly double the US$4.1 billion a year earlier, according to official figures published in state media on Wednesday.

Central bank governor Kyaw Kyaw Maung described the opening of Japan's Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) on Wednesday as a "new milestone", adding he hoped that it would strengthen the economy by providing more investment and business financing.

BTMU said the Yangon branch would provide "full banking services, including deposits, loans, and foreign exchange, to foreign companies and domestic banks operating in Myanmar".


Japan's largest bank, along with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) of Japan and Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), were earlier this month given approval to begin operations.

OCBC, which is due to open its branch Thursday, said earlier this month it had already seen a "significant increase in queries from both new and existing customers keen to tap on the immense growth opportunities in Myanmar".

OCBC operated in Myanmar for four decades until 1963. But the country's military rulers, who seized power in 1962, nationalised all banks as they embarked on socialist policies.

Local people remain deeply suspicious of the banking system and many deal only in cash.

Authorities have implemented sweeping political and economic changes in recent years that have seen most Western sanctions lifted, opening up the country to new streams of international investment.

China remains the country's lead investor, accounting for US$14.7 billion of the US$54.23 billion in foreign investment since 1988, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday.

Singapore was the country's second largest investor, with US$8.5 billion in the same period.

Both countries were the main foreign investors before western sanctions were lifted.

In the last fiscal year up to March the oil and gas sector topped the list of foreign investments with US$3.2 billion approved, the report added. That was followed by US$1.68 billion in the transport and communication sector and US$1.5 billion in manufacturing.

The World Bank has said firms cite access to finance as the main obstacle to doing business in Myanmar.

Central bank vice-governor Set Aung told parliament last June that foreign banks would be subject to a range of restrictions to protect local lenders.

The foreign lenders would be required to hold at least US$75 million, restricted to opening only one branch each and not be allowed into the retail banking sector, he said.

A further six foreign banks from the Asia-Pacific region, that were also granted preliminary approval in October, are expected to go through the process of finalising their licences within months.

Source: Chennel NewsAsia