Foreign investment in Myanmar surges, office rents sizzle

By Aung Hla Tun and Jared Ferrie

YANGON, Sept 20 | Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:56am EDT

(Reuters) – Myanmar has approved more foreign direct investment in the past five months than all of last year, but companies setting up operations in the hot frontier market face a growing problem: Southeast Asia’s highest office rental rates.


In the new Myanmar, an old junta’s laws survive and adapt

By Jared Ferrie and Aung Hla Tun

YANGON | Thu Sep 5, 2013 6:42pm EDT

(Reuters) – It was once the feared weapon of a military junta, ruthlessly deployed to restrict Myanmar’s nascent Internet and throw journalists, students, monks and other political opponents behind bars.

The junta is gone, but the Electronic Transactions Law and other draconian legislation remain on Myanmar’s books. Attempts to revamp them are stirring debate over the reformist credentials of the semi-civilian government that took power in 2011 and how far it will loosen tough state controls.