New Power Plant to be Established in Ayeyawady

THE AYEYAWADY Region government plans to build its own power plant capable of producing up to 50 megawatts of electricity with the aim of fulfilling the growing local energy demands in the coming summer. The current daily consumption of electricity in the region is 97 megawatts. It is estimated that the consumption rate is likely […]

More effort needed to tackle idle industrial land

A month after the first site visits to inspect idle industrial plots in Yangon, officials are warning there will be no progress in freeing up unused land without a special committee that has the power and resolve to revoke the leases of absentee owners. Yangon Region government announced in late May that it was turning […]

Botahtaung jetty project terminated over environmental impact

THE construction of a multi-purpose jetty on Botahtaung Pagoda road in Yangon will be terminated due to its negative impacts on the environment, Transportation and Communications Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung said yesterday at the Pyithu Hluttaw. The parliament was unanimous in accepting the proposal calling for an end to the project, with representatives […]

Rice sector faces long struggle

Whatever steps the incoming government may be contemplating to spur investment, agricultural experts see little improvement in the short term for rice cultivation. Even long-term development will be a drawn-out struggle, said Myanmar Rice Federation general secretary U Ye Aung. In a recent interview with The Myanmar Times, U Ye Aung said barriers to raising […]

Sales slow but ministers optimistic on Mandalay jade market

Mandalay jade sellers are still resisting moving to a new market due to open in August. Only a small percentage of apartments at the market have been sold, although the regional mining minister says he believes the market will be a success. Over 2000 apartments will be available at the new market facility, but just […]

As Flood Recedes, Vegetables Rise in Price

Transportation disruptions and difficulties caused by floods in Myanmar have reduced the flow of vegetables resulting in hike in prices, according to traders. Since the end of July, the floods in the upper regions of the country have ravaged much of the country’s infrastructure, and vegetable prices have risen. “The main factor is transportation. Flow […]

Roundup: Myanmar works for upgrading Yangon rail line

Myanmar is working for upgrading Yangon’s circular rail line by introducing a foreign loan of 207 million U.S. dollars for the project as part of its Yangon Central Railway Station expansion project. Provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the loan is to purchase trains which will enable to offer faster and more regular […]

Taking aim at China’s fertiliser dominance

The price of Chinese-manufactured fertiliser has increased significantly in the last few months, with traders blaming a weakening kyat and increasing transportation charges. Since the beginning of March, the market cost of 1 yuan has gone from K156 to about K180, while transportation costs between the fertiliser factories and the Muse border gate has gone […]

On the Bus with Linda McDowell- wife of first Canadian Ambassador

RANGOON— She’s one of the very few foreigners to brave Rangoon’s notorious buses. Crowded, often poorly maintained and difficult to navigate without strong Burmese language skills, the city’s buses draw only the most intrepid of expats. But Linda McDowell, the wife of the first Canadian ambassador to Burma, has nearly mastered the routes during the […]

Yangon roads to grind to halt without huge investment: JICA

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is working with the government on an urban management master plan for Yangon, said congestion would continue to worsen over the next 20 years without significant investment. The researchers predicted that by the year 2035, vehicle use in Yangon would rise 22-fold. As a result, even if the Yangon […]