Navigating Myanmar

Joint PwC Singapore and CPA Australia Breakfast Roundtable

We have seen a surge of business interests in Myanmar since its emergence from political and economic isolation in 2011. Riding on a new wave of optimism, coupled with rich natural resources, an untapped market and a young workforce, change is happening at a rapid pace. It has become the new frontier for global investors. The International Monetary Fund has projected that the Myanmar economy will grow 6.25% in fiscal year 2012-13.

This breakfast roundtable was jointly organised by PwC Singapore and CPA Australia and to discuss the challenges of doing business in Myanmar. Hear expert insights on business culture and conduct to practical guidance and considerations for doing business in Myanmar.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 28 February 2013
Time: 8.30am - 10.30am
Venue: CPA Australia Office, One Raffles Place #31-01

Programme

8.00am Registration & light breakfast
8.30am Welcome address by Ong Chao Choon, Managing Director, Assurance and Advisory Services, PwC Myanmar
8.40am Presentations by guest speaker:
Dr. Tin Maung Maung Than, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS)
Moe Thuzar, Fellow, Lead Researcher (socio-cultural), ASEAN Studies Centres Centre, ISEAS
9.15am Case study by Jessica San, Associate Director, PwC Myanmar
9.35am Case study by Jasmine Aung, Director, PwC Myanmar
10.00am Panel discussion - Practical challenges of doing business in Myanmar
Panellists:
U Myo Kyaw, Managing Partner, Win Thin & Associates
Chris Woo, Managing Director, Tax Services, PwC Myanmar

Moderated by Melvin Yong, General Manager, Singapore, CPA Australia
10.30am End of roundtable

 

About our speakers

Dr Tin Maung Maung Than
Dr. Tin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore. His research interests encompass politics and development in Myanmar, political culture and democratisation, as well as ASEAN political co-operation. Dr. Tin was also Co-Editor of the publication Myanmar: Beyond Politics to Societal Imperatives.

Moe Thuzar
Moe Thuzar is a Fellow and Lead Researcher of the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS. Her research areas on Myanmar focus on foreign policy, reforms and transition process.

U Win Thin
Win Thin is the Founder and Chairman of Win Thin & Associates, the sole representative firm in Myanmar for rendering business advisory services, tax services, economic and financial consulting and business consulting.

U Moe Kyaw
Moe Kyaw is the Managing Partner of Win Thin & Associates. He has 17 years of professional experience and is an Executive Committee Member as well as Practising Member of the Myanmar Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

Ong Chao Choon
Chao Choon is the Managing Director of Assurance and Advisory Services, PwC Myanmar. He has over 21 years of professional experience with PwC and has been a partner of PwC Singapore since 1 July 1998.

Chris Woo
Chris is the Managing Director of Tax Services, PwC Myanmar. With over 20 years of professional experience, he has worked in both the London and Singapore firms of PwC. Chris has also been a Partner of PwC Singapore since 1 July 2007.

Jasmine Aung
Jasmine is the Director of PwC Myanmar and has worked extensively on Myanmar related advisory projects for multi-national clients from Japan, US and Singapore. Prior to her role with PwC, she has more than 5 years of experience working in Myanmar’s maritime and financial service sectors.

Jessica San
Jessica is the Associate Director of PwC Myanmar with expertise in tax matters pertaining to local and global companies operating in Myanmar and Laos. She has more than 8 years of experience in the field, serving clients from the energy, manufacturing, telecommunication, consumer goods, automotive, shipping, hospitality, mining and banking industries.