Interest in Retail, Wholesale Sector Continues Unabated
Myanmar Times, 18 Jun 2019
Two years after the Myanmar Investment Commission's announcement, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has permitted nine wholly foreign retail and wholesale providers to operate in the country. These include investors from Japan, Thailand, US, Singapore, and the Netherlands.
The nine non-Myanmar companies are able to secure a green light from the authorities since the government moved to partially open up the retail and wholesale market two years ago. The Myanmar Investment Commission issued the List of Restricted Activities No. 15/2017 in April 2017, which allowed foreign businesses to invest in retail and wholesale without restriction. It then took the commerce ministry over one year to follow up with a Directive.
They include Mycare Unicharm Co, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, DKSH, Toyota Tsusho, Unilever, Mega Lifesciences and NTT Com Myanmar, which is the latest entity to receive an MOC permit.
The products offered range from baby products and cosmetics to beverages like Pocari Sweat.
Meanwhile, five joint ventures between Thai, Japanese, Dutch and Singaporean firms and local investors have also received permits to operate. Among them are Pacific Andaman (SEA), AEON Orange, Asahi Loi Hein, Unilever EAC Myanmar and Wilmar Myanmar Edible Oils.
The new firms will join an industry with just four local operators: City Mart Holdings, Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, Myanmar R F S Company, and NCX Myanmar.
Many investors come and discussed retail and wholesale business in our office. Also, Myanmar Investment Commission has received interests and some proposals from foreign investors to invest in the domestic market. Continually, the Commission will allow them by the rema of related ministry and under Myanmar Investment Law, said U Thant Sin Lwin, Acting Director General of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration.