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British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar Celebrates its First Year

Since July 2014, the Chamber has signed an MOU with UMFCCI, hosted over thirty-nine business and social events, including the Myanmar Investment Summit in London, political and economic briefings with the British Embassy, panel discussions about topical business issues, and legal and regulatory updates.

11 August 2015

The first ever British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar was launched in July 2014 to promote, support, and represent the interests of British and international business.

The Chamber is supported by the British Embassy and is closely aligned to the Embassy’s objective of encouraging responsible and sustainable investment in, and trade with, Burma. Supported by its Founding Patrons BG Group, Jardines, Prudential and Standard Chartered, the Chamber’s has grown to 150 members in its first year and has become a leading business membership organisation in Myanmar.

The nascent British Chamber made connections with, and has received huge interest from, both the international and local business communities over the past year. The Chamber has become an established, high profile, dynamic network, which has proven valuable to the business community in Myanmar and across the region. It is rooted in Myanmar; building strong relationships with government and the country’s local businesses.

In August 2015, the Chamber looks forward to beginning its second year, welcoming its existing members - and inviting new members - to join the next stage of the journey.

The Story So Far

Since July 2014, the Chamber has signed an MOU with UMFCCI, hosted over thirty-nine business and social events, including the Myanmar Investment Summit in London, political and economic briefings with the British Embassy, panel discussions about topical business issues, and legal and regulatory updates.

The Chamber has established itself as an essential resource for member companies and market entrants. It provides regular economic, political and business briefings as well as the distribution of publications and market analysis, and an informative website accompanied by social media channels. Two new Working Groups have been established for the legal and energy sectors – focusing on how international companies can support capacity building in these sectors.

British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar: The First Year in Numbers

Year One Milestones Achieved

British Business Successes so far

There is a high level of interest in this emerging market and a number of British companies have established in country, in a wide range of sectors including energy, professional services and education and vocational training. Some highlights below:

Looking Ahead

Since EU sanctions were lifted three years ago, major political and economic reforms have continued to evolve. Myanmar is expected to see its first genuinely democratic elections for 25 years in November - likely to provide a significant benchmark for the reform process. Despite the challenges which businesses commonly face in emerging and fast developing economies, there are also vast opportunities for British and Myanmar companies across a broad range of sectors. These include oil and gas, power generation, professional services and education and vocational training.

The Chamber has exciting plans for its second year, including the first British Chamber Networking Event to be held in Naypyitaw, the inaugural British Chamber Golf Tournament, briefings on Tax and Insurance in Myanmar, regular political updates and a workshop on preventing bribery and corruption. The Chamber will continue to work to expand its network, focussing on making links with Myanmar companies and continuing to contribute to improving the business environment for all companies operating in Myanmar.

Membership and sponsorship packages for Year 2 have just been launched. Please see the website for details. We look forward to working with you and your organisation for the next stage of the journey in our second year. 

Stephanie Ashmore, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar said“The strength of the partnership with British Embassy Burma and support from businesses on the ground has been key to the Chamber’s rapid growth and success. We look forward to building on this in our second year ”. Tom Platts, Stephenson Harwood (Gold Sponsor of the Chamber) said: "The British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar provides a great source of practical guidance to international and domestic businesses reviewing market opportunities in Myanmar. With a dedicated team and its close connections to many well-known commercial and professional services firms operating in Myanmar, the Chamber is able to provide its members with an upto- date perspective on the jurisdiction's political, economic and investment climate.” 

U Win Aung, Chairman, UMFCCI, said at the MOU signing ceremony: “The British Chamber plays a significant role in attracting trade and investment in Myanmar. There are already a number of successful partnerships between UK and Myanmar businesses and we hope that this partnership will attract more British business to Myanmar and further enhance the existing bilateral economic cooperation between our two countries.”

Notes to Editors
British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar
The British Chamber now has 11 gold sponsors and over 150 member companies, including leading Myanmar, British, ASEAN and European businesses. The Chamber provides regular networking opportunities for the business community, up to date and relevant information on doing business in Myanmar and advice for market entrants navigating the challenges of establishing a business here. The Chamber also promotes opportunities Myanmar to UK companies, encouraging British trade and investment in Myanmar. Membership of the Chamber is open to all UK Companies and non-UK companies who have trade links in the UK, or are interested in developing them. Further details on membership can be found on the website: www.britishchambermyanmar.com 

Current members: www.britishchambermyanmar.com/news-events/image-gallery/190-galleries/782-chamber-sponsors-and-members.html
British Chamber of Commerce
4th Floor
192 Bo Myat Htun Street (Middle Block)
Pazundaung Township

For further information please contact: stephanie@britishchambermyanmar.com

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