YCDC drafts new rules for building permits

Yangon City Development Committee has finished amending its building permit regulations, its secretary said yesterday, after completing a divisive review of high-rise projects across the city that saw rule-breaking developers told to amend their designs. The new regulations have already been shared with industry association and will be made public once they have been approved by the Yangon […]

Dagon City Saga – A vote of confidence in the future of Yangon City as a livable heritage city

Shwedagon Pagoda is the defining landmark in the City Center – no high-rise is allowed within a 1.6 km radius Source of photo: Airpano.com I am a Singaporean who runs a business consultancy in Myanmar since early 2013. I think most foreigners have very little understanding of what goes on in Myanmar. I have seen […]

Shwedagon and Yangon cannot be divided, says forum speaker

Shwedagon Pagoda is the historical and cultural centre of Yangon, and if its character should fade, the character of Yangon will also fade away, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, assistant director of the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development’s Urban and Regional Planning Division. If modern high-rise buildings are built close to the pagoda, […]

Yangon zoning plan in limbo as experts push for re-start

Yangon’s zoning plan is due for a restart after contentious discussions meant the process had ground to a halt, according to U Toe Aung, urban planner with Yangon City Development Committee. “The zoning plan was recently halted as we contended with foreign developers who wanted to build high-rises,” he said. Authorities may be hesitating on […]

Yangon needs planning laws, say activists

The Association of Myanmar Architects (AMA), Yangon Heritage Trust and partner organisations have sent a letter to President Thein Sein, calling for work to tackle the city’s traffic woes, floods, shortage of parking and population density. The letter says that Yangon sees unsystematic construction projects due to the lack of urban planning laws. The current […]

Myanmar Trade and Business Association List

We get alot of questions about what are the various business and trade associations other than UMFCCI that a foreign investor should know about. Appended below is the list that we recommend: Myanmar Gems & Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association     29,Min Ye Kyaw Swar Rd.,Ward (8),LMDW 218451, 2300159   Association of Myanmar Architects [AMA]     Ward (9),HLG 519673~76 […]