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Newsletter | July, 2017

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Dear reader,

Welcome to the July edition of our Myanmar Newsletter!

On 4.7.2017 the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce co-organized a luncheon with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and GMBC with Dr, Michael Fuchs in Yangon. The luncheon was well attended and Dr. Michael Fuchs presented his views on “Criteria for Investments of German SMEs in Foreign Countries”. It was an excellent networking event and the lively Q&A was used as a platform to emphasize the specific challenges of German Companies in Myanmar.

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce travelled to Germany to attend “Asien Pazifik Forum” in Fürth on 5.7.2017 and “Wirtschaftsforum Asien-Pazifik” on 7.7.2017 in Cologne. Both events were very well attended and many German companies used the opportunities to discuss in separate sessions to learn more on challenges and opportunities of doing business in Myanmar.

We again selected the most interesting news of this month for you and feature a very interesting project of Bosch in our “insight” section.

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Yours truly,

Martin Klose,
Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar


Political, economic and legal news

  • Myanmar is introducing a new Companies Bill Myanmar has published the latest draft of the long-awaited companies bill. According to The Myanmar Times, foreigners shall be allowed to own shares in local companies (potentially up to 35%). Also, the requirement of a separate trade permit for foreign companies is likely to be removed. The English translation of the draft has been published on the DICA website and can be downloaded here.
  • Thai crackdown forces hundreds of thousands of Myanmar migrants to return home in July The government is trying to create jobs in collaboration with the Myanmar private sector for those who are now returning with multiple years of work experience in Thailand
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  • Average salary in foreign firms almost twice as high as in domestic firms MyJobs conducted a salary survey within its network (2,000 respondents) this month. We arranged for our readers to have free access to the survey. Please reach out to Hans van Beek, CEO, Myjobs (hans@myjobs.com.mm) for receiving the survey.
  • Construction minister takes temporary control of Ministry of Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, Minister for Construction, has been handed responsibility for the time of U Pe Zin Tun's leave. Further details are yet unknown.
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  • Central Bank issues new regulations This month, the Central Bank of Myanmar issued four new regulations on Large Exposure Risk, Asset Classification and Provi­sioning, Capital Adequa­cy, and Liquidity Ratio. The English translation of the regulations can be accessed via the Central Bank's website.
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Investment and business news

  • MIC announces 10 priority areas for investment Tax breaks in these areas can be enjoyed by companies which are invested according to the new Investment Law, reports Myanmar Business Today.
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  • Thilawa Fuel Lab Nears Completion The laboratory will be an essential tool for ensuring that petrol sold in Myanmar meets international standards.
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  • Max Energy and Shell Brands International AG to open Shell branded retail outlets The fuel stations will sell fuels, lubricants and convenience products.
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  • AccorHotels and LP Holdings sign deal to launch three hotels in Myanmar Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort is scheduled to open this year, Pullman Yangon Centrepoint and Mandalay Hill Resort MGallery by Sofitel shall open by 2020.
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  • Fujifilm invests in Thilawa to facilitate import, distribution and sales Fujifilm will operate a distribution warehouse for storage and delivery and a service centre and training centre in Thilawa SEZ.
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  • A School of Industrial Training and Education will open in Yangon in June 2018 The school is created by the Myanmar government in partnership with the local and international private sector (Sea Lion, Festo, emco, Felder). The school will provide formal training for various technologies.
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Beauty Beneath: Bosch promotes road safety in Myanmar with creative initiative

Road and traffic safety is a topic that affects each and every one of us in our daily lives. In Myanmar alone, roughly 13 people die every day due to road traffic accidents. As a global supplier of mobility solutions and advocate for road and vehicle safety, Bosch recently came up with a simple yet creative idea to drive road safety awareness to road users.
In collaboration with Myanmar's leading contemporary artist Arker Kyaw, Bosch transformed an old building wall on Bayint Naung Road in Yangon's Mayangone Township into an urban street mural featuring a road safety message: "Please be careful when you drive". The message and art featured on the wall were created using Bosch's high-pressure power washer. The "Beauty Beneath" initiative is a part of Bosch's ongoing "We Help Make a Difference" branding campaign in Southeast Asia. In order to learn more about the initiative please visit their website orFacebook.

Office exhibition

A painting from San Naing called Praying for Peace
Linkicon  Current exhibition: San Naing - Praying for Peace

General Information

Green Energy Solutions

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar has visited new solar PV projects in Yangon this month to update you on the latest developments in this segment.

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Key figures for Myanmar

DIHK Economic Survey Early Summer 2017

Results of a survey conducted by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Infustry (DIHK) in the beginning of this year.

Linkicon  Economic trends in Germany

German-ASEAN Business Council Quaterly Newsletter

For further information about the region please slao see the quaterly newsletter of the German-ASEAN Business Council.

Linkicon  Newsletter June 2017

Upcoming Events

14.-15.08.2017 | Yangon, Myanmar
Myanmar Green Energy Summit
12.-13.09.2017 | Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Euromoney - Myanmar Global Investment Forum 2017
03.11.2017 | Perth, Australia
Asia Pacific Regional Conference

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Martin Klose
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