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EuroCham Myanmar https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/news The latest stories from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar. en-gb Copyright: (C) EuroCham Myanmar https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/images/logo.png EuroCham Myanmar https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/ 140 86 MoU Signed with DICA and Policy White Book Handover https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/661/MoU-Signed-with-DICA-and-Policy-White-Book-Handover A virtual memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between EuroCham Myanmar and Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), was attended by the DICA Director General U Thant Sin Lwin, Deputy Director General U Soe Myint Aung, Deputy Director General U Min Zaw Oo and other distinguished officials of DICA, was held on Wednesday October 21st, 2020. During the ceremony, the 2020 White Book was handed over to DICA virtually.

In his opening remarks the Director General U That Sin Lwin expressed his support to the Memorandum of Understanding as valuable tool for the creation of a sustainable business environment attracting responsible foreign investors into Myanmar.

On behalf DICA, U Thant Sin Lwin further remarked that the recommendations and policy responses from 2020 White Book would indeed be helpful for DICA in facilitating foreign investments in Myanmar by learning more about the voices and concerns of European Businesses in Myanmar.

The event is then concluded by Ms. Karina Ufert, new Executive Director of EuroCham Myanmar, who recognised DICA’s efforts in facilitating foreign investments.

The Executive Director also further emphasized the importance of having an MoU with DICA, which sets a formal framework for implementing constructive recommendations from the White Book and creates additional cooperation opportunities in facilitating a sustainable business environment in Myanmar and for achieving Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan goals.

The MoU also paves way for DICA to co-host, together with EuroCham Myanmar, the annual Myanmar-EU Economic Forum which was attended by the Vice-President-1, Union Ministers and high ranking officials from various ministries in previous years.

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2020-10-21T00:00:00+01:00
MoHS Announcement on Stay-at-Home Programme for Hpakant and Mohnyin Townships in the Kachin State https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/660/MoHS-Announcement-on-Stay-at-Home-Programme-for-Hpakant-and-Mohnyin-Townships-in-the-Kachin-State On 19ᵗʰ October, MoHS announced that Hpakant and Mohnyin Townships in the Kachin State are now included in the Stay-at-Home Programme.
To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
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2020-10-19T00:00:00+01:00
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WEEKLY UPDATE https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/657/GOVERNMENT-AFFAIRS-WEEKLY-UPDATE Every week, EuroCham Myanmar summarises the main news coming from the Myanmar government.

To access the updates from 12th September to 16th October 2020, please click here.

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2020-10-16T00:00:00+01:00
Election 2020 - Key Issues for Business https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/659/Election-2020-Key-Issues-for-Business On October 16th 2020, EuroCham Myanmar contributed to the webinar “Election 2020: Key Issues for Business”, organized in collaboration with AustCham – the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar. The webinar was held to exchange views on the possible impact of the 2020 General Election,  to be held in less than three weeks, on business activities in Myanmar.

Moderated by Chris Hughes, Chairman at AustCham Myanmar , the event saw the participation of:

  • H.E. U Thaung Tun, Union Minister Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and Chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission
  • Dr Sean Turnell, Special Economic Consultant to the State Counsellor
  • Michelle Grady, Country Manager, Woodside Energy
  • Rebecca Mohr, Group General Counsel, City Holdings
  • Ben Koo, Head of Yoma Financial Services, Yoma Strategic Holdings
  • Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Head of Communications & External Affairs, Unilever Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos
  • Thomas Kean, Editor-in-Chief, Frontier Myanmar

The discussion focused on the electoral process, the timing and the implications to take in consideration once the results will be announced. Moreover, the speaker’ interventions covered many other topics such as the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on business and the internet restriction effect on digital services.

From EuroCham Myanmar, Alex Nyi Nyi Aung (Head of Communications & External Affairs at Unilever Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos) took part at the discussion. In his intervention he mentioned the results of EuroCham Myanmar Covid-19 surveys. The surveys, launched firstly in March and then in August, well describe the Covid-19 impact on Myanmar businesses sentiments.

H.E. U Thaung Tun in his closing remarks acknowledged the fact that much more can be done to support Myanmar economy, but the Economy Recovery Plan currently under discussion will present more reforms in this direction. Moreover, the General Elections will be an opportunity to move forward, as without economic development peace and stability cannot be upheld. Finally, he thanked the participants and organisers AustCham and EuroCham Myanmar for the valuable discussion and for their efforts in facing the battle against Covid-19. This battle needs to be fought on many fronts, form the institutional side but also from society and private sector.

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2020-10-16T00:00:00+01:00
The Ministry of Health and Sports issued an order to allow CMP and SME Businesses https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/655/The-Ministry-of-Health-and-Sports-issued-an-order-to-allow-CMP-and-SME-Businesses On 10th October, the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) has issued an order to allow CMP and SME businesses.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-10T00:00:00+01:00
Tourism National Guidelines for COVID-19 Safe Services https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/656/Tourism-National-Guidelines-for-COVID-19-Safe-Services On 10th October, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism released a tourism national guidelines for COVID-19 safe services. 

To access full guidelines in English language, click here.
To access full guidelines in Myanmar language, click here.


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2020-10-10T00:00:00+01:00
2nd Press Conference on Vehicle Imports Permits to Government https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/654/2nd-Press-Conference-on-Vehicle-Imports-Permits-to-Government- On the 9th October 2020, EuroCham Myanmar and its Automotive advocacy group alongside the Automotive Association of Myanmar, French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar  gave an online press conference on the recent announcement on the Vehicle Importing System Granted to Government Employees. On that occasion were represented:

-          Guillaume Rebiere, Executive Director, French-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry

-          Peter Beynon, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar

-          Martin Klose, Delegate, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar

-          U Aung Win, Chairman, Automotive Association Myanmar

-          Antoine Jeanson, Co-Chair, EuroCham Automotive Advocacy Group

-          Adrian Short, Vice-Chair, European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar


The press conference was the presence of more than 50 attendees including medias,  representatives of Embassies, others business associations and representatives from the automotive industry.

The speakers expressed their great concerns regarding the announcement released by the Ministry of Commerce on the 30th September that grants an annual vehicle import permit to government officials and senior civil servants with significant years of experience

For more details, please access the press release in English language. 

For more details, please access the press release summary in Myanmar language.

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2020-10-09T00:00:00+01:00
The EuroCham Myanmar Digital Initiative (EMDI) – Digital frontrunners join forces to push forward the digitalisation of Myanmar https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/658/The-EuroCham-Myanmar-Digital-Initiative-EMDI-Digital-frontrunners-join-forces-to-push-forward-the-digitalisation-of-Myanmar On October 9th 2020, the EuroCham Myanmar Digital Initiative held its Official Launch Event, gathering online more than 200 representatives from the Myanmar-EU business community. In the current difficult context for businesses, the event called “An Operating Manual to Seize Digital Opportunities” put an emphasis on tools offered by digital for the transformation of many economic sectors: agriculture, media & communication, recruitment, infrastructure & connectivity, entertainment, commerce, energy.

In her Opening Remarks, Rianne Roggema (CEO, Duwun and Vice-Chair, EuroCham Myanmar) set the event’s tone by raising a fundamental question: “What would have this lockdown be like without technology? Six years ago in Myanmar, we would not have had any Internet connectivity to run a business from home, to keep connection with your friends or for health organisations to distribute information”.

Following Rianne Roggema’s Remarks, U Min Min, the Director General of Department of Trade (Ministry of Commerce) gave an extensive overview of the state of digital in Myanmar: “while the government has created the right conditions for the telecommunication sector to grow to more than 120% mobile penetration, 85% smartphone penetration and the among the fastest mobile broadband in Asia in just 5 years, Myanmar will need to adopt digital solutions to its most pressing challenges, establishing a Digital Economy in the process.”

Initiated in 2018 as an advocacy group by five digital pioneers, the EMDI has transformed into an Initiative to reunite all companies willing to digitalise their organization and activities. It aims to stimulate the digital innovation and the shift toward e-commerce, to enhance the digital skills of workers with a special attention to youths & women and to promote the inclusiveness & privacy of digital services for both companies and people.

In this regard, the Initiative collaborates closely with the Myanmar government, the EU delegation, the business community and the development sector.

The EMDI Steering Committee includes U Shane Thu Aung (Co-founder & Chairman, Global Technology Group), Harry Antarakis (CEO, MyJobs.com.mm), Erwin Sikma (CEO, Impact Terra), Kieran Rabbitt (Founder, Cube Digital) and Rianne Roggema (CEO, Duwun)

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2020-10-09T00:00:00+01:00
Guidelines for Prevention and Control of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Factories, Workplaces and Construction Sites https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/662/Guidelines-for-Prevention-and-Control-of-the-Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19-in-Factories-Workplaces-and-Construction-Sites Factories, Workplaces and Construction Sites, at higher risk of COVID19 spread, due to their nature of operations, must especially be mindful of adhering to the following (version 5.0) guidelines for the prevention and control of COVID-19.

To read the full guideline in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full guideline in English language, click here.

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2020-10-09T00:00:00+01:00
Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) and EuroCham Myanmar’s Construction & Infrastructure Advocacy Group (CIAG) discuss Building Standards in Myanmar https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/653/Department-of-Research-and-Innovation-DRI-and-EuroCham-Myanmars-Construction-Infrastructure-Advocacy-Group-CIAG-discuss-Building-Standards-in-Myanmar A virtual meeting between the DRI under the Ministry of Education and EuroCham Myanmar’s CIAG took place on 6th October 2020, to discuss standardisation laws and building codes in Myanmar. The meeting was attended by Director General of DRI, U Win Khaing Moe along with Dr. Win Naing Tun (Deputy Director General), Dr. Kyaw Soe Lwin (Director), Dr. War War Moe(Deputy Director), Daw Lei Lei Win(Deputy Director) of National Standards and Quality Department under DRI.

The National Standard Adopting Processes, along with the current progress on the development of national standards for buildings in Myanmar were discussed. Additionally, the parties discussed challenges pertaining to the enforcement of pre-existing building standards, the potential ramifications from lack of standardisation, and the potential role of private and public institutions in realising the speed of standardisation in the construction and infrastructure sector.

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2020-10-06T00:00:00+01:00
Announcement on Stay-at-Home Programme on All Township Except for Cocogyun Township https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/652/Announcement-on-Stay-at-Home-Programme-on-All-Township-Except-for-Cocogyun-Township On 5th October, the Ministry of Health and Sports issued an order for the Stay-at-Home programme which covers people in all townships, except for Cocogyun Township.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-05T00:00:00+01:00
Guidelines for Highway Truck Drivers and Attendances to Prevent CoVID-19 https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/651/Guidelines-for-Highway-Truck-Drivers-and-Attendances-to-Prevent-CoVID-19 Ministry of Health and Sport issued Guidelines for Highway Truck Drivers and Attendances to Prevent CoVID-19.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-10-03T00:00:00+01:00
Government Affairs Weekly Update https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/649/Government-Affairs-Weekly-Update- Every week, EuroCham Myanmar summarises the main news coming from the Myanmar government.

To access the updates from 28th September to 2nd October 2020, please click here.

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2020-10-02T00:00:00+01:00
Bank Holiday https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/639/Bank-Holiday According to Central Bank of Myanmar, all banks will be closed on 1st (Thursday) October 2020 "BANK HOLIDAY" under the Negotiable Instrument Act.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.

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2020-10-01T00:00:00+01:00
Discussion between MyanTrade DG and EuroCham Myanmar https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/648/Discussion-between-MyanTrade-DG-and-EuroCham-Myanmar A virtual discussion was taken place between the Director General of MyanTrade Daw Naw Mu Takapaw and Policy and Strategy Team of EuroCham Myanmar on 30th September. The discussion focused on reaffirmed collaboration between the MyanTrade and EuroCham Myanmar and distribution of EuroCham Myanmar annual White Book on trade and policy recommendations to the Myanmar Government. U Thet Zaw Htwe (Head of Policy and Strategy) and Daw Khin Soe Htaik (Government Affairs Manager) attended from the EuroCham Myanmar Policy and Strategy Team. ]]> 2020-09-30T00:00:00+01:00 Announcement on Allowing Public Servants, Defence Service Members and Police Members to Import/Buy Vehicles https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/647/Announcement-on-Allowing-Public-Servants-Defence-Service-Members-and-Police-Members-to-ImportBuy-Vehicles On 29th September, the Ministry of Commerce made an announcement on allowing public servants, defence service members and police members to import/buy vehicles.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-09-29T00:00:00+01:00
EuroCham Myanmar and Vriens & Partners Myanmar hosted an event on the 2020 Myanmar Elections https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/645/EuroCham-Myanmar-and-Vriens-Partners-Myanmar-hosted-an-event-on-the-2020-Myanmar-Elections

On 28th September 2020, EuroCham Myanmar organised a webinar with Vriens & Partners Myanmar to provide clarification on the 2020 Myanmar elections.

The talk was presented by Jeremy Mullins, Country director of Vriens & Partners Myanmar and Nyantha Maw Lin, Managing director at Burgundy Hill company and Counsellor at Vriens & Partners Myanmar.

On that occasion, Vriens & Partners made a comprehensive presentation on the political processes of the upcoming elections, detailing system key contenders and especially what the election means for foreign businesses. The talk concluded with a Q&A session where Vriens & Partners speakers answered the many questions from the participants.

EuroCham Myanmar is regularly organising webinars and forums, register to our newsletter to stay tuned for the next events to come!

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2020-09-28T00:00:00+01:00
Announcement on Extension of the Precautionary Restricition Measures Relating to Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/646/Announcement-on-Extension-of-the-Precautionary-Restricition-Measures-Relating-to-Control-of-the-COVID-19-Pandemic On 28th September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has issued an announcment regarding temporary entry restricitions for visitors from all countries.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-09-28T00:00:00+01:00
Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued an order regarding operation of CMP factories in Mon State and Bago, Mandalay and Ayeyarwaddy Regions https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/644/Ministry-of-Labour-Immigration-and-Population-issued-an-order-regarding-operation-of-CMP-factories-in-Mon-State-and-Bago-Mandalay-and-Ayeyarwaddy-Regions On 25th SeptemberMinistry of Health and Sports issued an order for state and regional governments to discuss with MoHS and MoLIP on future plans regarding employees of cut-make-pack (CMP) factories and workplaces in 11 townships of Mon State, Mandalay, Bago and Ayeyawady regions.

To read the full notification in Myanmar language, click here.
To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-09-27T00:00:00+01:00
Extension of the Effective Period of Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar Through Air Travel https://www.eurocham-myanmar.org/post/638/Extension-of-the-Effective-Period-of-Temporary-Measures-to-Prevent-Importation-of-COVID-19-to-Myanmar-Through-Air-Travel On 26th September, Ministry of Transport and Communications Department of Civil Aviation issued a notification on the extension of the effective period of temporary measures to prevent importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through air travel.

To read the full notification in English language, click here.

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2020-09-26T00:00:00+01:00