Rangoon Taxis Need Reform

Rangoon has around 70,000 taxis plying the city’s streets, many owned and run by individuals. There are two local pioneering app-based cab service providers—Hello Cabs and Oway Ride—cultivating a culture in which apps are used to hail taxis in the city since 2016. The two are now set to compete with foreign brands: Singapore-based firm […]

Villagers in Myanmar Describe the Destructive Power of China’s Building Frenzy

Kyaukphyu, Myanmar — President Xi Jinping of China is hosting a conference in Beijing this weekend to showcase one of his biggest gambles: a planned investment in pipelines, ports, trains, roads and other projects to link China to much of the rest of the world, including Europe and Africa. Called One Belt, One Road, the multibillion-dollar initiative seeks to generate business for China’s state-owned enterprises […]

Rangoon MP: Owners of Unlawful Game Centers Should be Punished—Not Employees

RANGOON — A lawmaker has called for clearer definitions of illegal gambling machines sometimes found in “game centers” in Rangoon and more accountability for the owners of such firms. MP U Than Naing Oo of Panbedan Township asked Rangoon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe in a divisional parliamentary session on Monday to specify illegal gambling […]

Yangon University is modelled on Oxford, but there are no dreaming spires

Walking around Yangon, though there are the affluent areas and fast food restaurants that exist in nearly all big cities, these areas are few and far between. Poverty pervades in this former capital city to a greater extent than in many of its Southeast Asian counterparts. The military regime, though removed in 2013, has had […]

Adviser: Actually, the Government Has Made Significant Strides on the Economy

Government economic adviser Sean Turnell has hit back against a barrage of recent criticism over the performance of the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led administration during its first year of office. The government’s achievements on the economy were “considerable” and “too often overlooked” the adviser said. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has been bruised […]

Yangon and Hong Kong: A forgotten tale of two cities

To many people in Hong Kong, Myanmar might sound exotic and unfamiliar. The fact remains, however, that the country, formerly known as Burma, and our city both used to be British colonies and have close ties with each other. Yangon (also known as Rangoon), Myanmar’s largest city and former capital, was once a key trading […]

Burma’s Next Generation of Tech Entrepreneurs Showcase Start-ups

RANGOON — Burma embraced a fresh generation of tech entrepreneurs who have abandoned traditional paths, as the country’s first startup accelerator presented its “most promising” tech startups. Phandeeyar, a creation space for the country’s technology community, organized a six-month domestic startup accelerator program last year to encourage entrepreneurship and attempt to ease a lack of […]

Descendent of last Myanmar King did not take too well to Thai Soap

I have never watched Plerng Phra Nang (A Lady’s Flame), a prime-time soap opera on Thai television that depicts a bloody dynastic power struggle in a fictional kingdom. The series — with elaborate period costumes and a lot of face-slapping and cat-fights among royal consorts — has received bad press in Myanmar and Thailand alike. […]

Hydropower threatens peace in Myanmar — but it doesn’t have to

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration’s move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves that are made today will send political and economic ripples into the future, and the international community must act responsibly. China wants to finance a 3,600-megawatt […]

Rangoon Lawmakers Ask That City Expansion Project be Separated from Planning Bill

​​ RANGOON – Outspoken lawmakers urged the Rangoon regional government on Thursday not to continue city expansion without what they referred to as a “proper” business plan. In a debate session on the regional planning bill for 2017-2018, legislators asked that the expansion project, which was submitted as part of the bill, be re-submitted to […]