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Beyond Financial Returns: Impact Investment - An Integrated Approach to Realizing Myanmar’s Potential

Impact investing is an investment strategy—for investments made into countries, companies, organizations, and funds—that centers on deliberately and intentionally generating a measurable, beneficial social-economic and environmental impact alongside a financial return. The coalition between the ‘for purpose’ and ‘for profit’ world is often deemed as controversial and impossible, but it is not if the true value of factors such as ‘improved access’ and ‘enhanced opportunity’ are included as part of the obtained return.

New Dawn for Myanmar’s Telecommunications Sector: Hopes and Challenges in the Air as New Players Enter

After President Thein Sein’s government had come into power, improving the telecommunications sector became one of the government’s top priorities. In February 2014, the government gave 15-year operating licenses to two foreign telecommunications operators. Together with two licenses set aside for local telecommunications companies—the incumbent leading operator MPT and the newly reformed Yatanarpon Teleport (YTP), Myanmar will see four telecoms operators vying for the substantial potential market of approximately 51 million people.

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Mining In Myanmar

For foreign investors, the Land of rubies unfortunately prohibits the extraction of rubies, and other precious and semi-precious gemstones. However, Myanmar possesses large reserves of mineral ore – many yet to be thoroughly explored. According to the Department of Geological Survey and Mineral...

Human Resources

After decades of political instability and economic stagnation, many competent professionals have reluctantly left Myanmar to survive elsewhere. On the macro level, this brain drain, coupled with the sanctions have hampered the nation and as a result, have deprived it of its invaluable workforce...

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

The Myanmar ICT sector has seen increased interest from investors as ongoing telecoms reforms promise increased competition in the market and access to 60 million customers, most of whom have little or no access to communication services. While many are looking at telecoms operation and...

Real Estate

One might assume that properties in Myanmar, as one of Asia’s developing nations in the period of a make-over for a democratic transition, would settle for less. Of course then, one would be wrong.The cost of accommodation in metropolitan cities such as Yangon is expensive. In fact, it is even...

Tourism

The first signs of Myanmar’s economic reforms were manifest in one industry – tourism. Ever since hitting the one million mark in 2012, tourist arrivals have been growing; so much so that government officials are aiming to triple the figure to 3 million arrivals by 2015. It may appear an ambitious...

Office Space in Yangon

With the rapid increase in foreign investors and local companies expanding operations, office space is Yangon is in short supply. There are simply too few hotels and office buildings in the commercial capital to cope with the sudden influx of foreign businesses. Naturally, with demand outstripping...

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