Yangon to Run Quake-Resistance Tests

Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe said the city’s public buildings would be tested to see if they were resistant to earthquakes.  He addressed Yangon Region parliament on Thursday in reply to MP Thein Myint of Tamwe who raised a question on Yangon’s quake resistance.  The MP said: “Some buildings were not built in line with the law and quality standards that can withstand earthquake in the past 50 years. The authorities had flaws when […]

YCDC eyes business district development in Yankin

A Yangon City Development Committee proposal to establish a business district in Yankin township has been met with mixed responses from local developers, with one firm suggesting the area is already too densely populated and would be better suited to residential development. As part of a Yangon city master plan drafted in partnership with the Japan International […]

JICA to submit construction project for sight seeing viewpoint place in Bagan

According to second representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) named U Han Nyunt, JICA will submit project on the end of September to construct view point for the foreigners who came to Bagan as they want to do sightseeing. This project was not being allowed since 2014 when the authorities concerned submitted to the […]

Exclusive: Hungry for power, Myanmar bets on hydro in new energy plan

YANGON (Reuters) – Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment. The new democratically-elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi has made job creation one of its top […]

Airport upgrades in Myanmar’s lesser-known hotspots means more international flights and tourists

A number of airports popular with tourists will begin accepting direct international flights after their upgrades are complete over the next decade, the Department of Civil Aviation deputy director general U Ye Htut Aung told The Myanmar Times. Heho Airport in Shan State, Nyaung-U in Mandalay Region, Thandwe in Rakhine State, and Dawei in Tanintharyi Region are examples […]

DCA hopes to tie up Hanthawaddy airport deal by the end of this year

A Final concession agreement between the Department of Civil Aviation and a consortium building a major new international airport in Bago Region known as Hanthawaddy International Airport should be complete by the end of this year, according to a DCA director. Myanmar has been trying to build the airport for two decades, but delays have plagued […]

YCDC to upgrade Strategic Urban Development Plan for Greater Yangon

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has announced that it will upgrade the Strategic Urban Development Plan for Greater Yangon to bring it into harmony with the modern era. The upgraded plan will focus on development of Yangon’s downtown area. “We are holding discussions with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the upgrade. The […]

New customs system scheduled for November

The government aims to have an automated cargo clearance system adopted by all customs departments in Yangon by November, before possibly extending the program to the country’s land border points, an official has told The Myanmar Times. The Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) is being rolled out between August and October, and will make moving […]

Ministry of Construction sees urgent need for Yangon-Thanlyin bridge replacement

A bridge linking downtown Yangon with Thanlyin township across the Bago River is being tested beyond its limits and “could break at any time” according to an official at the Ministry of Construction, who said the government is planning to build a stronger second bridge as a matter of urgency. Yangon-Thanlyin 1 Bridge was designed […]

Yangon to develop river transport express system

The Yangon Region government is planning to build a river express system for passengers – part of fundamental transport reforms that government officials hope will bring a new wave of industrial goods and commuters onto the country’s waterways. Myanmar is unique in Southeast Asia in boasting waterways – primarily the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers – […]