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Myanmar Approved FDI by Sector
By: Martin Jancik and Joshua Brown Myanmar has received outsized media attention since its transition to civilian power in 2011. The country’s election of the first civilian president in more than 50 years has unleashed yet another torrent of global headlines. For foreign companies interested in doing business in this new market, analyzing political developments...
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By Joshua Brown and Martin Jancik Canadian businesses are among the best suited to capitalize on the opening of Myanmar’s emerging market. The country’s geological potential, infrastructure, needed investment in education and growing consumer class has helped the country land on the Canadian government’s “Priority Market list.” However, Canadian reticence to tackle challenging markets further...
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By Dennis Meseroll and Reuben Shorser   The conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by 12 participating countries on 5 October 2015 has been heralded as a landmark event in the trade arena — another small step in the journey toward truly global free trade. The TPP impacts one-third of global trade and...
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By Daniel Bellefleur America and fellow signatories promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership as the modern day free trade agreement that extensively liberalizes and supports the free flow of goods and products and the way these countries interact economically with each other. Regarding whether the TPP conflicts with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the TPP can actually...
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By Joshua Brown and Martin Jancik Myanmar is abuzz with excitement and, perhaps, nervous anticipation ahead of Sunday’s general election. The event is a major and crucial milestone in Myanmar’s march towards democracy and its reintegration into the broader international community. It is hugely important for Myanmar’s social and political evolution. But what does it...
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Much is currently being made of recently approved implementing regulations for minimum wage in Myanmar. Workers at labor-intensive factories argue inflation and rising costs have made their wage rates unlivable. Domestic – and some foreign businesses – argue Myanmar’s labor-intensive assembly factories can’t compete against costs in other regional low-cost, low-value added manufacturing destinations with...
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For years, many China watchers, including myself, have been saying China needs a significant economic correction. However, China has deftly dodged a need for restructuring through an ability to dictate economic policies and favorable external economic conditions. So, with nearly daily news of the Middle Kingdom’s economic slowdown, mounting bad debt, and overheated markets, is...
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Staring down the barrel of enhanced Asean Economic Community (AEC) integration and reduced barriers to competition, the battle for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is heating up in Southeast Asia. Bordering the region’s industrial powerhouse of Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar have been working to boost the attractiveness of their respective Special Economic Zones to would-be foreign investors....
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Long a darling of the industrial investment community, Thailand offers an attractive pairing of investment incentives and world-class industrial infrastructure. Its industrial development strategy has, over the last two decades, attracted more than US$124.5 billion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) compared to just US$104.6 billion in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam combined. Special Economic Zones...
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