28 Jan '11, 9am

Myanmar approves investment law: YANGON - MYANMAR'S military government has enacted a law on foreign investment

YANGON - MYANMAR'S military government has enacted a law on foreign investment in a move to attract much-needed foreign capital to an economy held back by decades of sanctions and mismanagement. A 'Special Economic Zone Law' was passed on Thursday by the junta, four days before a new parliament convenes for the first time, outlining privileges for investors and regulations regarding banking and insurance firms. State-controlled media carried vague details about the new law on Friday and said full information would be published at a later date. The country is on a drive to attract investment, promoting tourism, timber, gemstones and its vast oil and gas reserves, which are already being tapped by China and Thailand, its neighbours and biggest trade partners. Regional foreign ministers and some small political parties plan to petition Western governments to lift sanctions, a...

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