Letter: Insurance shouldn’t be excluded from competition policy

MADAM – I am writing to raise two concerns in response to your September 27 article “State insurer to be exempted from competition watchdog”. The major concern lies with the prospect of the insurance sector being exempted from the Competition Law. In this regard, I agree with your unnamed source that “If the competition law […]

Engage to overcome Myanmar bias against Chinese investments

There is an “implicit bias against Chinese investments” in Myanmar, a report from the International Growth Centre argued, attributing the prejudice to the legacy of earlier Chinese projects in the country, including Myitsone Dam and Letpadaung Copper Mine. The way for Chinese firms to repair the tainted brand is to directly engage the affected communities […]

Indonesia’s SOEs Minister encourages Pertamina to expand business abroad

The State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister has encouraged state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina to expand its fuel business to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and especially to Myanmar, where Pertamina have been urged to operate gas stations by 2018. “With their prime-service in the gas station business, Pertamina must be able to compete […]