Tata International: Strenghtening Its Global Presence


Tata International Ltd (TIL) has recently forayed into the business of trading in agricultural commodities and is still in the introduction stage. There is trading in pulses such as split pigeon peas and black matpe (Toor Whole and Urad Dals, as they are known in India) from Myanmar.

TIL provides an end-to-end trading solution, to customers including sourcing, logistics, documentary support and customer service. The product development team is constantly engaged in growing Tata’ sourcing base while also adhering to quality and food safety standards.

The focus is on bulk sourcing of agricultural commodities from Africa and Myanmar for India and neighboring countries.

Construction sector of the company is engaged in marketing and distribution of a wide and exhaustive array of earthmoving and civil construction as well as agricultural equipment. Some of the major partners are Aquarius Tech Ltd and LeeBoy of which the major products/service offerings are Ready Mix Concrete (RMC), Tata Hitachi Concrete Trucks and import of animal feed.

This division offers following products to companies in Africa:

  1. Selected industrial chemicals
  2. Agrichemicals
  3. Chemicals for food industry
  4. Mining and leather chemicals

They also partner with various corporations to help them in efficient sourcing of chemicals from India and China.

More than 70% of Myanmar’s 60 million people live in rural areas, where the average electrification rate is a mere 16%. Only 26% of the country’s population has access to electricity.

Tata Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Myanmar for setting up an imported thermal coal-based power plant. The power plant is proposed to be located in Pathein, Ayeyarwady region.The capacity of the power station is 1320 Win phases.

Solar Power is also the next avenue for Tata Power in Myanmar, especially in rural Myanmar.Solar power plants satisfy all the energy requirements of a village, including domestic and commercial lights, entertainment facilities and intelligent water pumping systems.

Tata International Myanmar Team at the TIL office in Myanmar (From Left To Right) – Ms. Hnin Hnin, Ms. Anna, Ms. Yin Mar, Mr. Sunil Seth, Mr. Sanjay Jain, Mr. Kyaw Soe And Mr. Yar Zar Lin
Tata International Myanmar Team at the TIL office in Myanmar
(From Left To Right) – Ms. Hnin Hnin, Ms. Anna, Ms. Yin Mar,
Mr. Sunil Seth, Mr. Sanjay Jain, Mr. Kyaw Soe And Mr. Yar Zar Lin

KyaukPyu – Tata Consultancy is looking to set up a special economic zone in this area of Myanmar.

Other avenues being explored by Tata International in Myanmar are Tata Housing, Tourism (Taj Group of Hotels), Retail and Tata Interactive which involves education and skill development.

The strengths and areas of improvement that the Myanmar Government could learn from its neighboring countries.

1. The Telecom Sector –

  • The Myanmar Government showed great reform in granting telecom licenses to Telenor and Ooredoo.

2. Oil and Gas Sector –

  • International industry reports say the award of offshore licenses is likely to lead to the offer sometime during 2014 of more than a dozen other onshore and offshore exploration blocks, including in the Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Martaban.
  • Bidders for the 30 offshore blocks currently in the pipeline include major Western global energy development firms.
  • Shell has bid for three blocks in partnership with Mitsui Oil of Japan, while Conoco Phillips of the US has partnered Norway’s Statoil in two bids Other noted bidders include Chevron, ExxonMobil and Total.
  • Asian bidders include the state-owned business of PTTEP of Thailand, Petronas of Malaysia and OVLof India.


3. Banking Sector –

  • Myanmar has implemented important reforms and liberalization in financial services sector.
  • Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) took the first step toward the country’s exchange rate system from the fixed exchange rate system to a managed float regime in early April 2012 with the IMF’s Technical Assistance.
  • CBM has also initiated the daily foreign exchange auction in which authorized dealer banks can participate as counter parties.
  • CBM has granted the money changing business licenses to the private banks. Myanmar quickly is moving to establish a market based exchange system.


4. Myanmar Investment Council –

  • To increase investments (local investment & foreign investment)
  • To encourage private entrepreneurship
  • To take part in regional and international economic cooperation


Area of Improvement

  1. Power Generation
  2. Real Estate Price Escalation
  3. Need for Power Purchase Agreements