London summit focuses on Myanmar’s investment opportunities

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The recently-emerging investment opportunities in Myanmar against a backdrop of ambitious reforms and strong economic growth were highlighted at a business summit held recently in London. Titled “Promoting economic reform in Myanmar – Why responsible British business is good for Myanmar”, the conference was attended by over 100 representatives from… Read more »

VN’s TPP advantage: Opening doors to the US market

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The upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in likely to provide the Vietnamese companies much more than a direct opportunity to export to the US. The benefits will accrue from the lower tax rates, unhampered access to capital as well as advanced technology, with which the companies can build their own material supply base. Dang… Read more »


AEC Effect: ASEAN banks follow retail & realty investors, into Vietnam

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Several ASEAN based commercial banks are planning to elevate their presence in Vietnam. The development follows a spate of investment by Thailand-based companies as well as regional companies, in the country’s retail and the real estate markets. The Thailand based bank Kasikorn has recently opened two representative offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh… Read more »


Is Asia missing out on the cannabis business wave?

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With a wave of funding flowing into the cannabis business sector, amidst a growing wave of legalisation worldwide, are Asia-Pacific (APAC) economies and legislators missing out on the economic dividends, due to faulty assumptions on the part of legislators? In 2014, US investors injected US$104.5 million in capital into the cannabis business (canna-business) space, acquiring… Read more »


Seed funding hard to come by in Vietnam: George Vozikis

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Vietnam has witnessed a recent spate in startups related activities. The sector itself has shown a strong growth, that has attracted increasing numbers of venture capitalists (VCs), looking at opportunities in this market. However, calling for the first funding rounds is not easy, says George Vozikis, the corporate entrepreneurship and innovation instructor at the University of Hawaii’s… Read more »


Thailand or Myanmar: Whither flows the capital?

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A reversal of geopolitical fortunes means that Myanmar may soon eclipse neighbouring Thailand as a preferred investment destination. If Thailand fails to mend societal woes and if Myanmar continues its political and economic reforms, then foreign investors will begin to redirect their capital away from Bangkok towards Yangon. Critical to… Read more »


VN needs to offer more incentives to foreign investors

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More foreign investors flocked the Vietnamese market last year, than ever before. The country saw an unprecedented inflow of foreign investment, which increased by 26 per cent in 2014. However, Vietnam has a long way to go before it become a “first-to-come” market. Speaking at a meeting last week, the… Read more »


Taxi apps on the market, but can they solve the Yangon problem?

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Lately, several local taxi hailing services have been developed, such as hittch.com and hohotransport.com, which hope to copy the American taxi hiring app Uber’s model of calling taxis to users’ location but using mainly registered taxis. As of now, they are unusably buggy, as to be expected with newly developed… Read more »


Myanmar: Online marketplace is diversifying, but cash is still king

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While various online marketplaces have sprung up to serve the Myanmar market, online payment is still years away. Erwin Sikma, who runs several online enterprises in Myanmar including Kaymu.com.mm and Shop.com.mm, told Myanmar Business Today that they have “good hopes that in the next one year mobile payment systems and… Read more »


VCs in Vietnam: Scope for domestic development

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In recent years, Vietnamese startups have received funding from several venture capital (VC) funds, including the IDG Ventures Vietnam, 500 Startups, CyberAgent Ventures and DFJ VinaCapital. The startup potential in the country has attracted the interest of the Japanese fund – CyberAgent Ventures’ Asia Internet Fund I – which has invested… Read more »