Quarterly Business Magazine


The Future of U.S. Sanctions Policy and Business Engagement

The U.S. has taken steps in the past few months to clarify its stance on sanctions, especially concerning the Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) listed by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The U.S. Government has highlighted key policy concerns about the remaining legislative and executive restrictions and what needs to be done to address those issues. Both Myanmar and the U.S. have quite a lot of work to do in the next few years to attain a more normalized relationship and achieve the level of comfort necessary to increase and enhance U.S. business engagement both sides would like to see.

New Frontiers of Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia will be Asia’s most dominant region. For the last four decades, Southeast Asia has remained as a region of relative peace and stability. It has also posted one of the highest growth rates in the region. A McKinsey report states that that Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets – but one of the least well known.
New Construction Sites in Yangon

Myanmar’s Real Estate Sector Reform: Clear Rights and Messages Necessary to Attract Foreign Investors

A coordinated message and continual update to the stakeholders are necessary in the drafting of the condominium law. Uncertainty created by mixed messages is preventing the entry of foreign manufacturers and service companies. If we can eliminate these difficulties, companies will enter with a larger footprint and commit more money and resources. More jobs will be created, and the development dream of Myanmar will continue with good pace.

The 6 Most Common Causes of a Failed Joint Venture Deal in Myanmar

It is conventional wisdom that there might be a lot of value in teaming up with a local partner in an emerging market. That is true for Myanmar as well. Foreign enterprises are lining up to talk to the more established local enterprises in a variety of sectors, often even when partnerships with...

The Evolution of U.S. Myanmar Sanctions

It was hard to imagine following the 2010 election that the ties between the U.S. and Myanmar would be where they are today. Relations between the U.S. and Myanmar have thawed remarkably thanks to the previously unthinkable steps Myanmar’s government has taken in the past two years. Additionally,...

Myanmar Stock Market: Preparing for 2015

With the enactment of the Securities and Exchange Law at the end of August, Myanmar has laid the foundation for the development of an active stock market. While the law has been held rather general, the details are expected to be fleshed out in the rules and regulations, to be issued within 90 days...

Corporate Governance in Developing Economies

With the recent surge of foreign investment interest and the scheduled establishment of the Myanmar Stock Exchange in 2015, the market for capital in Myanmar is expected to grow at an accelerated pace, while at the same time becoming more competitive as local companies vie for limited investment...

Living In Myanmar

Cost of Urban Living of A Family: Yangon

Capacity Building

World leaders, politicians, journalists, businesspeople and observers from across the globe agree that Myanmar’s political and economic transition has been dramatic, unprecedented, and remarkable. In two short years, the country has pursued an astonishing number of reforms at an exceedingly fast...


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