2013年8月28日 星期三

ANA廿五億日元參股緬甸一航空公司

日本第二大航空營運商全日空(ANA)的母公司ANA控股,以25億日元(2,556萬美元)買下緬甸「亞洲之翼航空」(Asian Wings Airways)的四成九股份。

ANA廿七號在一份聲明指出全日空控股(ANA Group),將入股「亞洲之翼航空」,涉及約2,500萬美元,是開拓新國際市場的策略之一。

總部在緬甸最大城市仰光的「亞洲之翼」,2011年投入運作,一直以國內航線業務為主。據悉,這家東南中型航空公司稍後10月,將開通仰光至泰國旅遊名勝清邁的國際航線。

2013年8月25日 星期日

國銀 搶進柬埔寨緬甸寮國

工商時報 記者/台北報導 

國銀海外拓點,柬埔寨、緬甸和寮國正夯。為協助國銀拓展海外市場,金管會與柬埔寨洽簽金融合作備忘錄(MOU)已到最後階段,今年可望完成;下一個業者極有興趣進駐的市場,則是仍未開放外資銀行設點的緬甸。
至於寮國,國銀中除第一銀行外,華南銀行近期也開始評估,因當地法規已經開放外資銀行設立分行,最低營運資本金為1,000萬美元(約新台幣3億元),不少國銀都有意搶進這塊新興市場。
一銀在今年4月開始訪查寮國局勢,並派人前往,成為評估寮國設點的首家國銀;近期華銀也開始評估寮國。由於一銀、華銀的海外布局一向具指標意義,寮國可望成為其他國銀,評估在東協10國設點的最新熱門國家。

發開新外勞來源國 政府積極爭取引進緬甸勞工

人力仲介業者期盼政府開發更多外勞來源國,勞委會也列為施政方向。據了解,政府上周派官員前往緬甸,爭取明年引進緬勞。

引進外勞除了涉及防疫、警政外,還需成立辦事處處理簽證,事關敏感的外交問題,勞委會低調進行。

另外,英語系的斯里蘭卡,也是我國爭取對象。


勞委會官員強調,爭取新的外勞來源國,可分散風險,不會對本國勞工就業產生新衝擊,因為申請外勞的門檻沒有放寬,總量不變。

原文網址: 發開新外勞來源國 政府積極爭取引進緬甸勞工 | 頭條新聞 | NOWnews 今日新聞網 http://www.nownews.com/2013/08/26/91-2978534.htm#ixzz2d2qmScOx

南進緬甸、柬埔寨 籌設工業區

益州集團董事長秦嘉鴻擅於創造新的事業,當年推動加油站民營化,打破中油一家獨營的市場,再一手創立全國加油站,如今再創新事業,準備建立「汽、機車優質平價保修便利店」,採取實體與虛擬店面同步進行開發,並跟數家科技大學合談好建教合作,培養技術關鍵人才,搶進汽機車維修市場。秦嘉鴻也密集考察東南亞市場,考慮進軍當地開發工業區,目前鎖定緬甸及柬埔寨為重點。
將設汽機車保修便利店
秦嘉鴻表示,「汽、機車優質平價保修便利店」,整個構想是採取跟便利店一樣的通路觀念來建立,第一家旗艦店設在土城工業區,預定今年底就可以成立,接著將在中壢工業區及五股工業區拓點,現在正在找地當中;預計在二年內成立20-30家連鎖修車平價保修便利店。

2013年8月24日 星期六

缅甸服装企业出口加大 比去年收入翻番

在今年的第一季度,缅甸的服装出口收入创造记录,根据缅甸服装制造商协会(MGMA)的官方统计数字。在今年的1-3月份,缅甸的服装出口收入达到3亿美元,几乎比去年同期的出口收入翻番。
  在今年的第一季度,缅甸的服装出口收入创造记录,根据缅甸服装制造商协会(MGMA)的官方统计数字。
  在今年的1-3月份,缅甸的服装出口收入达到3亿美元,几乎比去年同期的出口收入翻番。
  在以前,在4-6月份服装订单下降,工业消息说。
  日本和韩国给缅甸下达了大多数的订单。美国和欧盟国家在缅甸允许进入欧盟的贸易特惠机制之后,给缅甸下达的订单数量也在上升。

Foreign investment in Myanmar up 24 pct in 4 months of FY 2013-14

Contracted foreign investment in Myanmar amounted to 1.77 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months (April-July) of the fiscal year 2013-14, up 26 percent or 0. 37 billion dollars, an official said here Friday.
Of the total,, Japan injected 0.18 billion dollars into five enterprises, accounting for 10 percent, said U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of the Investment and Company Administration (DICA) under the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
Contracted foreign investment in Myanmar from 32 countries and regions hit 42.95 billion dollars between 1988 and the end of July 2013, according to the latest official figures.
China took the lead with 14.188 billion dollars, accounting for 33.04 percent of the total foreign investment, followed by Thailand (9.979 billion dollars), China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (6.404 billion dollars), Britain (3.045 billion dollars), South Korea (3.018 billion dollars), Singapore ( 2.358 billion dollars) and Malaysia (1.034 billion dollars).

MTN and Singapore-based MTH to build mobile towers

Myanmar Telecommunication Network (MTN) and Singapore-based Myanmar Towers Holdings (MTH) have signed MoU to construct communication towers.

The agreement was signed on Tuesday at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon and the two companies plan to establish a joint venture to construct mobile towers and wireless communication services.

"We know that Myanmar has four communication operators now. Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) was constructing the towers before but they can’t build them alone now. MTN has been organised as a public company and now we are cooperating with MTH for these services," said Tin Win Aung, Executive Director of MTH.

MTH is registered in Singapore and is founded by Provident Capital Pte. Ltd. that has been constructing communication towers and basic infrastructure in Singapore for a long time. MTH is first established itself in Myanmar in October 2012 with an initial investment of 1,000 billion Kyats.

Source: Eleven Weekly Media 

MIC allows more foreign companies to invest in garment sector in Myanmar

Myanmar Investment Commission has granted permission to companies from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to do business in local CMP garment industry with 100% foreign investments, according to official data.
A Hong Kong-based company and local B&N Garment Myanmar Company have been permitted to do their garment businesses in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone (2) in Yangon Region. Taiwan-based companies such as Melody Global and Sunny Shoes Inc are allowed to do manufacturing of footwear and outdoor sports products in Bago Industrial Zone in Bago Region. And China-based SDI Manufacturing was allowed to do its garment business in Ngwe Pinlel Industrial Zone in Yangon.
As a joint-venture, Singapore-based Slita Pte Ltd has joined hands with Myanmar's Lita Myanmar Company and Myint Myat Htut Khaung International to do CMP garment manufacturing in Shwe Lin Pann Industrial Zone in Yangon, according to official information from Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.
Also permitted are China-based companies such as Shanghai Donglong Feather Manufacture Company, Jiangsu Solamoda Garments Group, and Hong Kong-based AMG Factory.

2013年8月21日 星期三

缅甸新开放4个口岸:内比都、大其力、妙瓦底、阁颂岛

泰缅文化协会清莱分会主席帕芥玛小姐日前表示,缅甸政府同意持外国护照可以通过以下6个口岸到该国旅游,其中3个边境口岸包括大其力、妙瓦底和阁颂岛,3个航空口岸包括内比都、仰光和曼德勒。 而妙瓦底口岸可能因水灾问题延后执行。泰国国家旅游局对中国景洪-孟腊旅游线进行考察,以推动把清莱发展成为泰缅旅游热线,并促进和发展缅甸旅游业,以及满足东盟经济共同体的需求。
之前,缅甸政府规定从8月6日开始同时开放上述3边境口岸,但目前获悉妙瓦底口岸可能要暂时延后,因为妙瓦底口岸正面临水灾,当地损失情况严重,所以要等到灾后复苏工作结束之后再执行开放政策。
来源 : 缅甸《金凤凰》

2013年8月20日 星期二

Myanmar gems to be sold duty free at Bangkok Expo

Myanmar Gems Entrepreneurs attending the 52th Bangkok Gems Expo to be held in Thailand from September 6 to 10 will enjoy a duty free policy on gems sales at the expo, according to the gem traders.
The Thai government normally collects 20 percent import tax on gems and jewellery, but the duty free policy will be in effect for 15 days before and after the Gems Expo. 

"Thailand sent an invitation letter concerning a duty free permit. But we will have to know whether the tax is collected or not when we arrive. Myanmar gems traders were very pleased to attend the gems expo held in Hong Kong. They didn’t collect the tax and granted the permission for carrying and selling of gems freely," said an official from Myanmar Gems Entrepreneurs Association.

Myanmar’s garment exports make record earnings

Myanmar’s garment exports made record earnings in the first quarter of this year, according to official data from Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA).
The exports have made over $300 million in the period from January to March, almost a double from the same period last year, according to the data.
"Generally most orders came during the first three months of a year averagely. This year we [manufacturers] have earned more than previous years. Our factory earned nearly US$ 200,000 a month these last few months. We got only around US$30,000 a month last year," said Dr. Khin Maung Aye, managing director of Letwyar Factory in Yangon's Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone.
The garment orders used to go down between April and June, according to industry sources. Japan and South Korea have made most orders from garment factories in the country. The US and European countries are also increasing garment orders after Myanmar was allowed into a trade preferences scheme by the European Union.
source: eleven media

Pun to Give Rivals a Run for Their Money

As founder of Myanmar’s only listed business and head of a commercial network spanning more than 30 companies, Serge Pun is more used to winning than losing.

That habit is well-attested to by the swanky surrounds of the family-run Pun Hlaing Country Club—a 660-acre golf and residential retreat complete with hospital and shopping mall—across the Hlaing River from the honking traffic and, in places, rain-sodden squalor of downtown Yangon.

However, in late June the Chinese-Myanmar entrepreneur found himself on the losing side after Norway’s Telenor and Qatar’s Ooredoo won two keenly contested mobile network licenses.

He was the local focal point of a three-pronged bid, along with Irish-owned telecoms company Digicel and billionaire speculator-cum-philanthropist George Soros. The pitch was thought to be among the frontrunners for the high-risk but likely lucrative mobile provider gigs, in a country where only between 4 percent and 9 percent of the population is connected to the network.

While congratulating the two winners, Mr. Pun suggested that the deep pockets of the oil- and gas-rich wealth funds backing both Telenor and Ooredoo might have decided the outcome.

緬甸解禁 3台商申請投資

由經濟部投資業務處處長邱一徹帶領16家廠商23位代表組成的「2013緬甸、柬埔寨投資考察團」,前(19)日抵達緬甸仰光,邱一徹傳回消息指出,緬甸政府已經解除台商對緬直接貿易投資限制,目前已經有3家台商提出申請,等待核准當中。
委託外貿協會籌組的考察團,首站抵達緬甸建材批發市場,提供台商投資設廠所需要燈具、磁磚、鋼筋等;隨後參訪明哥拉同工業區,該工業區位於仰光市中心周邊,為一指標性工業區,早期由日本人協助規劃,是許多外商列為進駐之優選地點之一。
另外投資考察團亦參訪位於雪抱敢工業區的開發商台商頂超企業;在參訪過程中,參團台商針對關切的土地租用期限及價格、廠商興建成本、勞工薪資及福利、水電供應、道路及廢水處理設備等議題,與工業區開發業者交換意見。
同日緬甸台商座談會中邱一轍說明,緬甸政府經我方多次反應後,已同意取消過去不允許台灣對緬甸直接貿易及投資的限制,目前已有3家台商由台灣向緬方申請投資許可,正待緬方核准。
邱一轍也向出席台商釐清兩岸已簽署之服務貿易內容;並介紹我國對外投資發展、台商海外投資面臨問題、經濟部協助台商海外布局措施及結合海外台華商強化服務業輸出等。
投資考察團將持續參訪仰光地區工業區及廠商,參觀當地賣場及銷售通路,並拜會緬甸最大商會組織,會員廠商家數超過1萬家的緬甸商工總會,尋求台緬企業投資合作商機。
source: 工商時報 記者/台北報導

貿協拓銷緬甸 11月設台貿中心

緬甸目前為各國極為重視的拓銷市場,為能快速協助廠商進入初開放的該市場,搶得先機,外貿協會11月4日在仰光的台貿中心將正式設立,以即時提供廠商開拓當地市場的資訊。今(19)日起三個緬甸考察或經貿訪問團也將會陸續出發。
外貿協會秘書長黃文榮指出,歐盟今年7月給予緬甸GSP待遇;美國自1989年終止GSP,樂觀估計於今年底可望恢復,約將會有五千項以上的產品列入。不過,由於生產技術及品管系統的落後,許多緬甸產品品質不佳,將形成出口障礙。
除此之外,緬甸經濟學家Hla Maung也指出,由於GSP通常規定產品全製程需完全在出口國生產,緬甸來料加工的成衣業可能不符合此規定。
但是緬甸因為擁有豐沛的自然資源、勞動人口及土地,極具發展潛力,因此貿協7月份與香港展覽公司YORKERS合辦首屆緬甸機電設備暨汽配展,參觀人數高達6,859人,商機媒合估計為2,270萬美元。同時也邀請宏碁及華碩等台灣精品廠商參展,辦理台灣精品記者會,希望在市場開放之初,迅速在緬甸消費市場中建立台灣品牌知名度,於該市場打下穩固基石。
本月19至24日,貿協接受經濟部投資業務處委託,辦理「2013緬甸、柬埔寨投資考察團」,將由投資業務處處長邱一徹率領19家廠商27位代表,包括電機電子、金屬製品、手工具、木製家具、燈具、冰品等,共同赴緬甸仰光及柬埔寨金邊進行考察訪問,盼協助台商瞭解緬甸投資環境並深入當地市場發掘商機。接下來9月將辦「緬甸及柬埔寨拓銷布局團」,透過實際一對一貿易洽談、拜會政府機關、商會及考察當地市場,挖掘並促成商機。
貿協仰光台貿中心開幕典禮,則將由貿協董事長王志剛親自前往主持,經濟部次長卓士昭也將帶領高層多功能赴緬甸經貿訪問團前往。
source: 工商時報 記者/台北報導

緬甸信件經常丟失 欲引進日本郵政係統

國際在線專稿:據日本新聞網8月19日報道,日本總務省和日本郵政19日在緬甸與當地政府進行關于引進日本郵政係統的討論。
今年5月份,日本總務大臣和緬甸通信郵政電信大臣達成了關于向緬甸出口郵政係統的協議。目前緬甸當地的在郵政係統上的精確度較低,經常丟失信件或者分發遲緩。為此,緬甸政府決定導入日本的高精度自動分揀係統,同時日本也將在係統運營和開發人力資源等上協助緬甸。

Japanese airline to increase flight frequency to Myanmar's Yangon

A major Japanese airline -- All Nippon Airways (ANA) -- will increase its flight frequency between Tokyo and Yangon starting from Sept. 30, local media reported Saturday.
ANA will also increase the number of its flights between Tokyo' s Narita Airport and Yangon to seven per week from three, said the Myanma Freedom Daily.
To increase seat capacity, the airline will operate its flights by replacing B737-700ER aircraft with B767-300ER aircraft.
ANA was among the first airlines to launch direct flight service between Japan and Myanmar.

Foreign investment in Myanmar hits 42.95 bln USD

Contracted foreign investment in Myanmar from 32 countries and regions hit 42.95 billion U.S. dollars as of the end of July 2013 since 1988, according to the latest official figures.

Country-wise speaking, China led with 14.188 billion U.S. dollars, accounting for 33.04 percent of the total.

China was followed by Thailand (9.979 billion dollars), China' s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (6.404 billion dollars), the United Kingdom (3.045 billion dollars), South Korea (3.018 billion dollars), Singapore (2.358 billion dollars) and Malaysia ( 1.034 billion dollars).

Sector-wise speaking, power sector led all sectors, with 19.237 billion dollars, accounting for 44.79 percent of the total.

It was followed by oil and gas (14.372 billion dollars), mining (2.829 billion dollars), manufacturing (2.749 billion dollars), hotels and tourist (1.585 billion dollars) and real estate (1.056 billion dollars).

Other sectors included livestock and fisheries, transport and communications, industrial estate, agriculture and construction.

2013年8月19日 星期一

Myanmar credit card moves will time: Visa

Visa International, which entered Myanmar last year, expects that it will take about three to five years for the credit and debit card system to be fully established in the cash-based society.

Somboon Krobteeranon, manager for Myanmar and Thailand, said last week that one year was spent helping to lay the groundwork and educate its financial institution partners in the neighbouring country.

The company has eight commercial banks in Myanmar as local partners and licensed four of them to connect with Visa's payment system. Visa card and Visa debit card holders can make withdrawals from these four banks' ATMs.

"What we're doing for this year is transferring know-how and licensing the remaining four partners," he said. 

Visa and the four licensed bank partners have installed about 100 ATMs that foreigners can use to make withdrawals. Some merchants can accept Visa credit cards.

After helping local banks lay down the ATM and credit card acceptance infrastructure, Visa expects that within three to five years, local banks can issue Visa-branded credit cards and debit cards and credit cardholders can purchase goods from online channels. The number of merchants accepting credit cards will pass 5,000 in three to five years thanks to the Myanmar government's allowing Norway's Telenor and Qatar's Ooredoo to launch telecommunications services in Myanmar. That could strengthen the electronic payment network.

The number of ATMs and point of sale readers is small because the fundamental system in Myanmar is not in place yet.

Local banks cannot issue international branded credit or debit cards. Most cardholders have ATM and debit cards. The number of debit cards is in the tens of thousands, which is still far behind Thailand, where 70 per cent of the 40 million plastic cards are debit cards.

In the Thai market, Visa might lose some revenue from local switching, which will take effect next month. Following local switching, local transactions via debit cards will not be sent to international card networks such as Visa and MasterCard. Merchants will have lower costs and they can offer lower prices to attract debit cardholders.

However, switching in Thailand would not make much of a dent in Visa's revenue because payments through debit cards are smaller than credit cards, which will not be switching to the local system.

Payment by debit cards in Thailand and Southeast Asia is lower than 10 per cent, unlike the US and Western markets where about 60 per cent and 40 per cent prefer payment by debit cards.

Visa debit cardholders can still use their cards normally even though the country will apply the local switching system.

The international branded system remains essential for debit cardholders due to the safety and convenience for payments. However, Visa is interested in helping to develop the local switching system to ensure secure payments, he added.

2013年8月18日 星期日

IP laws ahead of WTO target

Improved intellectual property laws could be introduced in Myanmar as early as the start of next year, officials drafting the laws say, adding they will provide a more stable framework for investors well ahead of the World Trade Organisation’s latest deadline of 2021.
The proposed laws covering copyright, design, trademark and patents would replace legislation that dates to the colonial period and fill a legal void, said U Thein Aung, an IP consultant assisting with the drafting.
The legislation is slated to include a number of flexibilities, including provisions to override patent rights in pharmaceutical production through a compulsory licensing process administered by the Ministry of Health.
Work on the intellectual property laws began about 10 years ago, U Thein Aung said, though it has faced significant opposition from certain segments of the population, who say cracking down on counterfeits would cause some domestic prices to increase. “Some say that we need goods with the cheapest prices, good technology at the cheapest prices, so we don’t need to enact the laws,” U Thein Aung said.

Land Prices Soar in Pegu Division With News of Major Airport Project

RANGOON — Land prices have skyrocketed in Pegu Division, northeast of Rangoon, following the recent awarding of a contract to build a major new international airport there.
After an announcement last weekend that South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corp. had been selected to build the Hanthawaddy International Airport, which is expected to be Burma’s biggest international airport, the price of land near the town of Pegu rose overnight.
“Within a week of the announcement of the airport project, the buying and selling of land here has become brisk,” a real estate agent in Pegu’s Shin Saw Pu Quarter told The Irrawaddy. “Despite the soaring prices, a lot of people are ready to buy land here.”
Before the announcement, an acre of farmland near Pegu sold for about 500,000 kyats (US$510,000). Now, one acre is going for between 20 million and 50 million kyats, while plots near the airport project area—which currently comprises an industrial zone, an agricultural zone and some orchards—are selling for about 80 million kyats per acre.

Thailand, China lead Yangon's tourism market

Thailand and China are the main source of Yangon's tourism market, according to a recently released report from the Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotels & Hospitality Group.
"Yangon's two largest and mature source markets for the past few years have been neighbouring Thailand and China given their close proximity and long-standing economic co-operation. In 2012, visitors from Thailand and China comprised of 15.9% and 11.9% of total visitor arrivals, respectively. Growth from these markets, particularly from China has been lower in 2012 as they are staring out from much larger bases and some other source markets have grown more strongly," said Jones Lang LaSalle's Hotels & Hospitality Group in its Myanmar Hotel and Tourism Report: Spotlight on Yangon publication.
"China has long established economic links with Myanmar along its border with road infrastructure connecting to mineral deposits and other natural resources. Due to their existing foothold in Myanmar, it is arguable corporations from China have less need to visit Yangon frequently to form business relations or to research the market relative to other, newer entrant countries," noted the report.

Myanmar approves manufacturing and distribution of Nissan cars

Myanmar Investment Commission has approved the manufacturing and distribution of Nissan cars in Myanmar by Tan Chong Motor (Myanmar) Co Ltd on August 15, according to a report from the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
Malaysia-based Tan Chong Motor Holdings Bhd (TCMH), the business partner of Japan's Nissan Motor, has engaged in discussion with Myanmar authorities since last year to manufacture and distribute Nissan cars and spare parts in Myanmar.
TCMH Group's subsidiary ETCM (MM) Pte Ltd (Malaysia), registered as Tan Chong Motor (Myanmar) Ltd, is now to set up an automobile assembly plant in Bago Region.
Tan Chong Motor (Myanmar) will conduct the business as wholly-owned and a hundred percent foreign investment, said the ministry's report.

Qatari firm vows ‘affordable’ mobile access for Myanmar

Qatari telecoms giant Ooredoo on Friday pledged to introduce "affordable" phone services to Myanmar next year as it pumps $15 billion into one of the world's few remaining frontier mobile markets.
The firm, which in June along with Norway's Telenor won bids to provide mobile coverage to a nation where less than 10 percent of the population has telephone access, should be formally awarded its 15-year 3G licence by the end of this year.
It will then start to roll out its mobile services -- including money transfers and weather data for farmers -- within six months, a company executive told reporters in Yangon.
"People can use Ooredoo's services next year... we need to build quickly, not only in cities but also in rural areas," Ross Cormack said.

Nok hypes third route to Myanmar

Bangkok-Yangon has become the third confirmed Myanmar-bound route that Nok Air will launch as it gears towards reviving its international service, which was suspended in 2008 as part of a business downsizing.
Nok Air executives on Thursday said the budget airline is due to commence regular jet service on the route from Nov 1, with four flights a week on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday before adding a second flight on each of those days on Dec 1.
Furthermore, it will go double daily from next Jan 1 as it consolidates its position on the route, to be served by Boeing 737-800 single-aisle jets.
Demand will be spurred by the 27th SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw this December and Myanmar's assumption of the Asean chairmanship next year.

Tata targets building materials, machines

India-based Tata International will export heavy construction equipment to Myanmar at the start of September, said the company’s country head for Myanmar, Sunil Seth.
Tata International, a trading arm of the Tata Group, has been exporting products to Myanmar for seven months, Mr Seth said on August 13. While it has previously focused on products such as metals, minerals, leather and agricultural products, it is now filling orders for construction equipment, which it sees as a growth market.
“We’re expecting that the demand [for construction machinery] in the future will be very positive because plenty of infrastructure development has to take place in Myanmar,” he said, noting the company anticipates particularly high demand for basic building materials such as steel and ready-mixed concrete (RMC).

THAI TRADE PROMOTION DEPT URGES SMES TO ENTER MYANMAR

Thailand’s International Trade Promotion Department has urged Thai small and medium enterprises to get involved more in Myanmar’s economy as it opened its consultant center in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, recently, reported Thai newspaper The Nation.
Srirat Rastapana, the director-general of the department, called on Thai firms to invest more in the neighbouring country in here speech at the opening ceremony, says the report.
“There is room (in Myanmar’s economy) to grow for Thai businesses, especially SMEs, as Myanmar is close to Thailand,” Srirat said.
According to the official, the department targeted the 10 % increase of exports to fellow ASEAN nations, with higher target of 18% growth of exports to Myanmar.

MYANMAR PLANNING ANOTHER DEEP SEA PORT

Myanmar government has hired a Thai firm to conduct a feasibility study for the country’s deep sea port in the Gulf of Mottama, according to a state media report.
Myanma Port Authority under the Ministry of Transport signed an MoU with Thailand’s Emerald Grand Hotel Co to conduct the study in Mon State, according to the government-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar report.
The study will start within three months in Ye and Mawlamyine, the two southeastern Myanmar towns.
If the project is to be completed, it would link up to Three Pagoda Pass, the country’s major trading route with Thailand.
The study will include assessments in environmental, social and economic aspects, says the report.
Earlier reports suggest that the project could create more than 12,000 jobs for the residents in the area.
They currently have to rely on employment in the low-paid rubber industry and in neighbouring Thailand.
Myanmar is planning Kyaukphyu deep sea port in the western Rakhine state with Chinese partners and the Dawei deep sea port in the southern Taninthayi Region.

2013年8月17日 星期六

Myanmar investors to enhance fisheries business with Thailand

Thailand and Myanmar are keen to jointly develop their fisheries business prior to the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), according to Thai businessmen in the seafood industry.

A 92-member delegation from Myanmar, led by Myeik Chamber of Commerce president U Hla Than, visited Thailand’s fishing province of Samut Sakhon to explore opportunities in fisheries investment in light of the more convenient transport and services between the two countries in the next two years when the Southeast Asian region is integrated under the AEC framework.

The Myanmar delegates visited Thai seafood markets, seafood processing factories and the Sin Sakhon industrial plant in the seaboard province.

Chumpol Sritaptim, a trade official in Samut Sakhon, said the Myanmar businessmen were highly interested in exporting fishing products to Thailand.

2013年8月16日 星期五

FOREIGN COMPANIES TO ENTER MANDALAY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM

Foreign companies are entering negotiations with Mandalay authorities for water supply system in the second largest city, establishing joint venture with local entities, Daily Eleven reported.
A member of Mandalay City Development Committee said, “We are in talks with many foreign companies.”
According to the source, many foreign entities are involved in the negotiations and the committee is still assessing the proposals.
The dilapidated water supply system in the cultural city of Myanmar needs some refurbishments such as new water pipes and pumps.
Out of seven township, only five are provided with tap water and others still have to rely on the underground water sources.

Ooredo vows 'affordable' mobile access for Myanmar

Qatari telecoms giant Ooredoo on today pledged to introduce "affordable" phone services to Myanmar next year as it pumps USD 15 billion into one of the world's few remaining frontier mobile markets. 

The firm, which in June along with 's Telenor won bids to provide mobile coverage to a nation where less than 10 percent of the population has telephone access, should be formally awarded its 15-year 3G licence by the end of this year. 


It will then start to roll out its mobile services -- including money transfers and weather data for farmers -- within six months, a company executive told reporters in Yangon. 

"People can use Ooredoo's services next year... We need to build quickly, not only in cities but also in rural areas," Ross Cormack said. 

經部強化緬甸、柬埔寨經貿關係

  • 【時報記者王可鑫台北報導】
為協助我國廠商布局緬甸、柬埔寨等新興市場,經濟部投資業務處將於8月19日至24日率領「2013緬甸、柬埔寨投資考察團」共計19家廠商27位代表(產業別包括電機電子、金屬製品、手工具、木製家具、燈具、冰品等),共同赴緬甸仰光及柬埔寨金邊進行考察訪問。
經濟部投資業務處指出,近年來中國大陸投資環境改變,加上東協積極與各國洽簽FTA或ECA,並推動洽簽RCEP,東協已成為各國競相布局之新興市場;其中,緬甸文人政府自2011年3月就職後,逐步採取政治改革及經濟開發政策,各國重要領袖亦分別到訪並應允提供協助,歐美並已逐漸解除經濟制裁,登盛總統及翁山蘇姬亦陸續出訪各國,各國均歡迎及肯定緬甸之改革開放並接納其重返國際社會,各外商亦紛紛前往布局,台商亦盼在緬甸政府開放台緬直接投資後,政府能夠協助其前往考察投資環境,爰經濟部投資業務處籌組投資考察團赴緬甸仰光及柬埔寨金邊進行訪問,行程包括:參訪當地工業區暨工廠、舉辦投資環境說明會及台商座談會、考察當地消費市場、拜會緬甸商工總會、安排與當地日商座談交流等,盼協助台商瞭解緬甸投資環境並深入當地市場發掘商機。

缅甸花梨销量增加:成为红木市场新宠

红木原材市场上缅甸花梨木性好,花纹漂亮,价格相对低,适合新中式风格设计,性价比占很大优势,所以在市场上广受欢迎。当红酸枝在公约后引起红木爱好者心动后,缅甸花梨一直新秀,缓解部分爱好者求木之渴。
  海南黄花梨、小叶紫檀、大红酸枝等这些曾经在红木家具市场风靡一时的材质,因其成材速度的缓慢,资源变得日渐稀缺,价格也一直上涨。这些原材的日渐减少使得企业用以展现传统文化的载体少了,但随着中式文化的回归,市场对红木家具的需求越来越大;此外,价格的上涨让很多消费者对这些材质的红木家具望而却步。缅甸花梨原材货源充足,而且也广受消费者的喜爱,这不刚好填补了海南黄花梨、小叶紫檀货源不足的空缺。有了货源充足的原材,企业可以生产更多的家具满足消费市场需求,这难道不是新的发展契机?

2013年8月15日 星期四

Telenor to recruit 3000 Myanmar staff

Norway’s Telenor Group said that they would recruit approximately 3000 Myanmar nationals to provide local communication services. Telenor won the recent Myanmar telecommunication tender.
Telenor Group will recruit employees in three phases. In the first phase 25 management level employees who are proficient in business development and strategic planning will be recruited. They will execute administrative duties to launch Telenor Myanmar. The application period for these employment opportunities will be mid-August to September end.

South Korea to provide technical aid to Myanmar

The Republic of Korea will provide technical assistance to small and medium enterprises involved in energy, construction and manufacturing, according to the reports from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITEC) will survey and make an assessment to provide technical assistance enterprises involved in oil and gas, construction, ship yards, power plants and environmental conservation.
The institute also offers technical aid to Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Vietnam.

2013年8月14日 星期三

Japan's development loan to be spent on infrastructure and economic zone

Japan will lend over US$ 900 million for development projects this fiscal year to be spent on renovation and basic infrastructure in Yangon, as well as the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, according to an official from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans are long-term low interest rate loans advanced to developing countries.
"This year, we are going to lend over US$ 900 million of ODA to Myanmar. This loan will be spent in three sectors including Thilawa Special Industrial Zone. At present, drinking water, roads and bridges and electric sectors will be on the agenda. After that, we are to help in renovating the basic infrastructure in Yangon," said JICA Chairman Dr Akihiko Tan-Aka.

Myanmar’s garment industry receives growing foreign investment

Myanmar's garment industry has received the most foreign investment over the last six months according to recent data from the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC).
Along with the rise of foreign investments, the employment rate in the industry has also increased.
"MIC has noticed that the garment sector received most of foreign investments in the last six months. Another sector which enjoyed growth during the period was manufacturing," said Khine Khine Nwe, a n MIC member at a recent forum organised by Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA).
Industry sources say Japan and South Korea have made most orders from garment factories in the country. The US and European countries also increasing garment orders after Myanmar was allowed into a trade preferences scheme by the European Union.

Eel Export Expected to Earn More than US$ 30 Million in FY 2013/2014

Eel export is expected to earn more than US$ 30 million in the FY 2013/2014, says Department of Fisheries.
“We have expected more than US$ 30 million of export earnings this year. Eel export has earned more than US$ 18 million within four months from April to July. If we proceed to export it, earnings of eel export this year can outpace those last year,” said an official of Department of Fisheries in Yangon Region.
That more than US$ 18 million have been earned by eel export during 4 months in this fiscal year means over 60 percent of eel earmarked for export has been delivered abroad, he added.

Myanmar still suspends sending rice to China despite higher demand

Myanmar merchants have not delivered rice to China because of increasing domestic consumption and Chinese merchant’s uninteresting offer in spite of a rise in demand from China, say the sources of the rice market of Muse.  
“Chinese demand has again risen after a fall in supply here due to a rise in domestic consumption. It can be said that there is a balanced trade. In the recent days, rice enters Muse ranging between 500 tons and 700 tons,” said U Chan Tha Oo, vice chairman of rice sale center in Muse.  
Myanmar merchants have not sent rice to China because Chinese offer is not as good as that at home, it is learnt despite increasing demand from China.

Myanmar Telecom War: Huawei Main Supplier For Telenor And Other Myanmar Telecom Operators

Huawei Technologies has been running into barriers on the western fronts of its global expansion, but fortunately for the world’s largest electronic equipment maker, the emerging Myanmar telecom landscape is practically theirs. Three of the nation's telecom operators, state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT), Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP) and the recent telecom license winner Telenor from Norway, have chosen Huawei as their main supplier.
The remaining player in Myanmar’s telecom sector, Qatari company Ooredoo, which won the license along with Telenor, has not announced the name of its supplier, but is currently also negotiating with Huawei, according to the Asian News Network.

MYANMAR TO DEVELOP E-GOVERNANCE MASTER PLAN

The Myanmar government is working in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank to design an e-governance master plan for the Southeast Asian country, FutureGov reported.
According to the report, ADB would invite proposals from consulting firms for USD 1.5 million project.
The government in Myanmar has picked up more momentum in reforming the country as it came across first half of its term.
Most of it ministries have got the official web sites and the President Office’s official web site has become the area providing presidential information and government press releases in real time.
“The Myanmar Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is leading the e-government project and the budget is being made availabel to assist that process. We hope to develop it further in the future,” the newly appointed presidential advisor Dr Aung Tun Thet told FutureGov.

中華電布局緬甸 靜待結果

〔中央社〕中華電信日前與法國電信商Orange共組團隊,競標緬甸行動執照,中華電信今天對此表示,團隊為候補第一順位,將靜待10月底結果公布。

中華電信今天舉行法人說明會,法人關注中華電在緬甸投資狀況。中華電先前與法國電信商Orange共組團體競標緬甸行動執照,中華電信董事長李炎松今天表示,中華電團隊排名第3,也就是候補第一順位,遞補結果會在今年10月底公布,營運上可與Orange共同建設與努力,這也都是未來考慮方向。

中華電手機補貼也成為法人關心重點,中華電信總經理石木標表示,第2季中低階手機銷售占比約52%,和第1季40%相比,顯示中低階手機成長中。

2013年8月13日 星期二

Myanmar allows FX trade between local banks -c.bank official

Aug 5 (Reuters) - Myanmar introduced interbank currency trading on Monday, a senior central bank official said, the latest reform to the financial sector, which follows the managed float of the kyat currency from April 2012.
Foreign banks are not allowed to operate in Myanmar and the local banking system is rudimentary, so the interbank market is likely to be tiny initially.
"We have allowed local private banks to trade in foreign currency among themselves effective today, taking a major step forward in financial reforms," the central bank official told Reuters.
"They now can compete on equal terms with each other with compete transparency," he added, asking for anonymity since he was speaking to the media without authorisation.
Than Lwin, vice-chairman of KBZ Bank, the biggest private lender in the country, and a retired vice-governor of the central bank, said: "We do welcome their allowing interbank marketing. It's a big step towards the emergence of a foreign exchange market."
President Thein Sein took office in March 2011 and, at the head of a quasi-civilian government, has opened up Myanmar with a series of political and economic reforms, after half a century of military rule.
Under International Monetary Fund supervision, the authorities started unifying the various exchange rates at the time of the introduction of the managed float in 2012, and the central bank started selling foreign currency to private banks through auctions.
In an annual report on Myanmar's economy published late on Friday, the IMF said that as of May the currency had fallen about 13.5 percent since the float, which had taken it closer to its long-run fundamental value. Last year it said the kyat was as much as 40 percent overvalued.
The central bank sets a benchmark rate against the dollar each day. On Monday, it was 975 kyat per dollar, down from 945 on May 31, central bank data showed.
The president enacted a law in July that gave the central bank greater independence. Previously, it was part of the Ministry of Finance.

Kyaw Kyaw Maung, a retired central bank governor, has been brought back to head the new monetary authority. (Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Editing by Alan Raybould and Jacqueline Wong)

大理啤酒出口緬甸一路攀升

隨著大理啤酒有限公司新推出的2個新品種經大理出入境檢驗檢疫局檢驗檢疫,順利出口緬甸,大理啤酒出口緬甸由原來的3個品種增加到5個品種,出口量不斷擴大。今年1至7月,大理啤酒實現出口14000噸,出口創匯1000萬美元。
    近年來,該公司不斷開拓東南亞市場,出口緬甸一路攀升。大理啤酒不僅站穩緬甸市場,而且經緬甸轉口到印度、巴基斯坦,以及非洲國家。“按照出口訂單,8月20日將有一批1200噸、貨值60萬美元的啤酒出口緬甸,這是緬甸雨季後的第一批訂單,接著將有幾個出口大單。”該公司生產廠長雷德志說,下半年的出口形勢看好,今年有望出口超過2.5萬噸,力爭出口3萬噸。據大理出入境檢驗檢疫局提供的數據顯示,2012年全國啤酒報檢出口22.54萬噸,大理啤酒出口佔比為全國啤酒出口總量的10%。(本報記者 陳保江 攝影報道)

Kalar Gote Port will generate 12000 jobs

The prospects for job opportunities in Myanmar looks promising with the signing of an MoU between Thai based Emerald Grand Hotel Company Limited and the Myanmar Port Authority, to launch the Kalar Gote Deep Sea port project in Mon State.
According to the MoU, the 10 billion USD Aero-power Project will be operational within a year.
“We have to finish this project within a year to generate sufficient electricity. If the first step is successful, we will continue signing other MoUs”, said U Thein Aung, member of the Transportation, Telecommunication and Construction Committee.
Dr. Toe Toe Aung, the City Development Minister from Mon State said that they expect to create approximately 12000 jobs when the Deep Sea Port project is complete.

2013年8月12日 星期一

Mitsubishi, JALUX on inside track to run Myanmar airport

Mitsubishi Corp. and JALUX Inc. said Monday they have obtained preferential negotiating rights from the Myanmar government to operate Mandalay International Airport and remodel its passenger terminal.
If the consortium, which includes SPA Project Management Ltd., a Myanmar company, wins the order, it will set up a joint venture with Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation to run the airport for 30 years starting in 2014.
The project is estimated to cost about ¥6 billion.