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 […]

High-rise suspension drags on

Developers desperate to restart suspended high-rise projects in Yangon remain in limbo as a government review drags on. Members of the Yangon Region government committee tasked withconducting a final inspection on 64 buildings say they are still awaiting reports on the first 12, and will not continue inspections until those reports are in. The construction industry […]

High-rise construction stopped for review

The new Yangon Region government is reviewing all high-rise building projects nine floors or higher to determine which will go ahead – even those already under construction. More than 200 high-rise building projects had received varying levels of approval under the previous administration, according to U Than Htay, head of YCDC’s building engineering department. Over […]

Who’s who: Myanmar’s new cabinet

Take a look inside the National League for Democracy’s new proposed government with insider profiles of the party’s 18 candidates for ministerial posts: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (foreign affairs; president’s office; education; energy and electric power) The National League for Democracy leader needs little introduction. Has vowed to rule “above the president”, and with […]

Foreign assistance vital in boosting energy in Myanmar

FINANCIAL and technical assistance from international governments and institutions will be as important as foreign direct investment (FDI) in order to boost Myanmar’s power sector development, an energy official has said. Win Khaing, a member of National Energy Management Committee (NEMC) and president of Myanmar Engineering Society, said at the 6th Myanmar Oil and Gas […]

Yangon needs planning regulation

The number of high-rise buildings joining the Yangon skyline needs to be monitored as the city struggles to cater for a growing demand for offices and homes, according to the Myanmar Engineering Society. Director Aye Aye Myint from the Ministry of Construction said: “There are many high-rise buildings but the roads are still only about […]

Korea chases investment in Myanmar

The ASEAN-Korea Centre sent 20 Koreans to Myanmar last week to seek investment opportunities. The investment and market research mission of businessmen and officials from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Korea Land and Housing Corporation went to Yangon on Jan. 13-15. The project was designed with Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and […]

New Yangon business district to cost $350m

A New central business district in the north of Yangon will be built at a cost of almost US$350 million, with construction to begin next year, pending Myanmar Investment Commission approval. The build, operate, transfer project was tendered by Yangon City Development Committee in 2014 and won by a subsidiary of Myanmar V-Pile called First […]

Draft automobile policy to be submitted this session

The draft of a new Myanmar Automobile Policy which aims to improve domestic car production and make prices more affordable will be submitted to parliament this session. The 13th session of parliament, which began yesterday, is likely to pass a number of laws that are currently under discussion. Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Myint Soe from […]

CQHP warns against low-quality construction materials

Some construction materials are being falsely marketed as high-quality, when in reality they are sub-standard, the head of Myanmar’s high-rise building regulator has warned, as concerns mount over poor quality building practices. However, a scheme to grade the contractors in Yangon may help developers to differentiate between those who are testing their materials and those […]