Seven Chinese enterprises brought in US$11.112 million into Myanmar’s manufacturing sector in Q1 (April-June) of the current financial year 2022-2023, as per the statistics released by the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). Myanmar drew foreign direct investments of $21.99 million in the first quarter. All the investments pumped into the manufacturing sector only. In addition to over $11 million investments by Chinese companies, two enterprises from Hong Kong SAR put $5.7 million and Japan invested an estimated capital of $3.1 million into the manufacturing sector in the past three months.
The existing enterprises from China (Taipei) also increased $2 million investments in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing enterprises and businesses that need a large labour force of the local community are prioritized in creation of job opportunities, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission. Although some labour-intensive enterprises faced financial hardship amid the COVID-19 negative impacts and the political changes, the industry is now returning to normal after the COVID-19 vaccination programme for the workers, as per the HIS Markit’s September report.
In a bid to boost factory productivity with a healthy workforce in the garment industry, Mobile Medical Check to garment workers took place in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, supported by UNICEF Myanmar. Myanmar’s manufacturing sector is largely concentrated in garment and textiles produced on the Cutting, Making, and Packaging basis, and it contributes to the country’s GDP to a certain extent. Myanmar has drawn foreign direct investment of more than $647.127 million from 49 enterprises in the past mini-budget period (October 2021-March 2022). Of them, 40 foreign enterprises put investments in the manufacturing sector, pumping the estimated capital of $202.667 million.
Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar