• Type: Press release
  • Date: 3/24/2014

Propelling growth in Myanmar – Positive local and foreign business partnerships could be a win-win 

KPMG experts analyze the role business partnerships through merger and acquisition, joint-ventures or strategic alliances will play driving business expansion in Myanmar going forward into 2015.

Business partnerships through merger and acquisition, joint-ventures or strategic alliances will be a driver for business expansion in Myanmar going forward into 2015, said Managing Partner of KPMG in Myanmar Yasuhide Fujii.


“Opportunities in Myanmar are increasing for businesses, but so is competition. Looking forward, some local firms may feel the pinch as international companies move in on their turf,” said Mr.Fujii.


“We’re starting to see cases where it would make more business sense for local and international firms to work together and complement each other, instead of competing, in order to become sustainable in the long term. Local and international firms in Myanmar each have their distinct strengths. We could see some positive partnerships down the road.”


KPMG, the first among the Big 4 that officially re-entered Myanmar after the easing of international sanctions, has assisted a number of international clients to successfully set up businesses in the once-closed economy.


With confidence from the enactment of the Foreign Investment Law, the Myanmar Government continues to apply its best efforts in reforming the legal system. At the very beginning of this year, the Government enacted the Special Economic Zone law which grants income tax exemptions for 7 years and 5 years to businesses in the free zone and the promotion zone respectively.


Other important bills have been proposed, including amendments to the land laws, the foreign investment law, the Small and Medium Enterprises Development bill, the Condominium bill, an amendment to the Mining Law.


“We are well aware of the rapid pace of change in Myanmar. One way that we can help the business community is by holding The KPMG Myanmar Business Forum on a quarterly basis to keep business people up to date about what’s going on, what to look forward to and how to deal with the challenges in Myanmar,” said Mr.Fujii.


KPMG’s third Myanmar Business Forum, The Road to the AEC: Creating positive business partnerships, brought out key points for doing business in Myanmar through merger and acquisition, joint-ventures and strategic alliances. The panel discussion featured business people with real experience of the trends relating to their business activities in Myanmar. 


“The KPMG Myanmar Business Forum attracts both local and foreign business people who come together to share ideas and experiences.  The business environment in Myanmar is changing very fast and we are keen to play our part in equipping business leaders with knowledge that will help them navigate the evolving business environment.” added Mr. Fujii.


About Myanmar Business Forum

The Myanmar Business Forum, arranged by KPMG, provides a platform for business leaders to come together to discuss key issues linked with doing business in Myanmar.


  • Myanmar Business Forum #1
     8 August 2013: Myanmar’s Banking System: Past, Present and Future\
  • Myanmar Business Forum #2
     3 December 2013: Building Myanmar's Future: Opportunities and Challenges in Myanmar's Infrastructure Industry

About KPMG Myanmar

KPMG in Myanmar provides a wide range of Tax and Advisory services. Our team on the ground includes experienced Myanmar nationals and expatriates. The team is enhanced by the technical and industry knowledge of our global network.

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 155,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.

For more information, please contact:


Myanmar Office

+ 95 1 860 3361 ext. 401

Thailand Office

+ 66 2 677 2169

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