A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

Yangon high-rise review divides officials

  The chair of Yangon Region parliament’s economic committee has spoken out in support of developers, after they were ordered by a separate committee to change their project designs as part of a city-wide review of high-rises under construction. Daw Sandar Min, who heads the regional Finance, Planning and Economic Committee, said developers had suffered “enormous […]

YOMA leads the field in quality properties in Yangon

  Cyrus Pun is excited about the prospects for his company’s new real estate development in Yangon. As Head of Real Estate and Executive Director of YOMA Strategic Holdings Limited, Cyrus Pun says Myanmar’s real estate market is young. But judging by the quality of the property Lotus Hill that his company is rolling out, […]

Yoma revs up property development drive in Myanmar

YANGON — Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings is accelerating its real estate development drive in Myanmar to meet growing local demand for residential units, offices and commercial facilities. Yoma’s move comes as Myanmar has emerged from decades of international isolation and now enjoys high economic growth, making the Southeast Asian country an increasingly promising property market. Yoma […]

Yoma hails Landmark breakthrough

A senior Yoma Strategic Holdings official has hailed as “hugely significant” a recent agreement signed with the Ministry of Rail Transport that paves the way for work to start on a US$400 million-plus development project in downtown Yangon. The company announced yesterday that it signed a framework agreement on December 31 with the ministry regarding […]

Military-linked tycoons claim political middle ground

Despite decades of benefiting from connections within the military and ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), many of Myanmar’s leading conglomerates have claimed to be politically neutral.   Spokespeople for some of the country’s most successful companies including Asia World, Htoo Group, Kanbawza (KBZ) Group and Max Myanmar said as private businesses they had […]

Yangon needs 75,000 new apartments each year

Yangon will need around 75,000 new apartments to be built each year to accommodate the city’s growing population, but contractors are struggling to come anywhere close to this target. More than 330,000 people migrate to Yangon each year from elsewhere in the country, but formidable challenges remain to building enough accommodation to keep up with […]

Myanmar expects competitive realty prices by 2018

Exorbitant property prices, highlighted as one of the biggest business barriers in Myanmar, are expected to be brought down to a level competitive with that of neighbouring countries by 2018. Moe Thida, deputy director of the Construction Ministry’s Urban and Housing Development Department, told the Myanmar Global Investment Forum last week that some measures have […]

Low-cost housing should be first priority

Myanmar is well behind target on delivering low-cost housing units to the people who need them most, according to developers. While authorities have commissioned several affordable projects in Yangon, the country’s commercial city still faces a housing shortage, said Cyrus Pun, head of real estate at Yoma Strategic Holdings. He said the government should focus […]

Yoma bucks the trend with big projects

Yoma Strategic Holdings has carved its own niche with large-scale township developments. It currently has three ongoing developments in Yangon’s outskirts, and one more large downtown commercial project planned. Yoma Strategic also won the award for Best Developer at the first Myanmar Property Awards held in Yangon last month. Cyrus Pun, executive director and head […]