Discover our latest insights into Myanmar including business news, regulatory updates and extensive data on Myanmar free trade, double tax agreements and foreign direct investment laws.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. One-third of Myanmar's total perimeter of 1,930 kilometers forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
Myanmar has been under military control since a coup d'état in 1962, however, since 2011, military control has been increasingly loosened. This has allowed the country's foreign relationships to improve rapidly, especially with the United States (U.S.), Japan and the European Union (EU). As such, trade and other sanctions imposed on Myanmar by the U.S. and EU have now been eased, leading way for another dynamic economy to develop in Southeast Asia.
The country is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia due to decades of stagnation, mismanagement, isolation and a lack of an educated workforce skilled in modern technology. The country lacks adequate infrastructure with goods travelling primarily across the Thai border and along the Irrawaddy River. Railways are old and ragged, highways are unpaved and energy shortages are common (only about 25 percent of the country's population has electricity).
Myanmar produces precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, pearls, and jade. Myanmar also has vast reserve of natural gas and oil, which has attracted the attention of energy consuming giants such as China, India and the U.S. Other industries include agricultural goods, textiles, wood products, construction materials, and metals.
Myanmar's imports include fabric, petroleum products, fertilizer, plastics, machinery, transport equipment, cement, construction materials, crude oil, food products and edible oil. It's exports include natural gas, wood products, pulses, beans, fish, rice, clothing and gems.
Major export partners of Myanmar are Thailand (36.7 percent), China (18.8 percent), India (14.1 percent) and Japan (6.6 percent). Major import partners are China (38.8 percent), Thailand (22.6 percent), Singapore (9.7 percent), South Korea (5.4 percent), Malaysia (4.5 percent) and Japan (4.1 percent).
- Import and Export Procedures in Myanmar – Best Practices
- ASEAN Regulatory Brief: Philippines Green Energy Initiatives, Myanmar Industrial Zone Land Use, and Brunei Companies Act Amendments
- ASEAN Growth to Remain Resilient Despite Regional Vulnerabilities
- ASEAN Market Watch: Singapore Innovation Fund, Philippines Credit Rating, and Myanmar Tourism
- ASEAN Regulatory Brief: Malaysia-EU Trade, Myanmar Insurance Sector, and Indonesia Tax Compliance
- The Guide to Employment Permits for Foreign Workers in Myanmar
- ASEAN Regulatory Brief: Singapore Cybercrime Laws, Malaysia Property Rules for Foreigners, and Myanmar Import Surplus Regulation
- An Introduction to Doing Business in ASEAN 2017
- ASEAN Regulatory Brief: Building Fines in Myanmar, Air Cargo Subsidies in Indonesia, and Quality Inspection in Laos
- ASEAN Market Watch: e-Commerce in Thailand, Q4 Growth in Indonesia, and Myanmar-Thailand Bilateral Agreements
- Agreement Between The Government Kingdom Of Thailand And The Government Of The Union Of Myanmar For The Avoidance Of Double Taxation And The Prevention Of Fiscal Evasion With Respect To Taxes On Income
- Agreement Between The Government Of The Republic Of India And The Government Of The Union Of Myanmar For The Avoidance Of Double Taxation And The Prevention Of Fiscal Evasion With Respect To Taxes On Income The Government Of The Republic Of India And The
- Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Myanmar and Malaysia
- Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Myanmar and India
- Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Myanmar and U.K.
- Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Singapore and Myanmar
- Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Thailand and Myanmar
- Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement between Vietnam and Myanmar