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New Yangon City Chief Grilled Over Chinese Contractor’s Reputation

The CEO of the company developing the controversial New City project on the west bank of the Yangon River has defended the involvement of a Chinese firm with an international reputation for engaging in bribery and corruption. The Yangon government-backed New Yangon Development Company (NYDC) last year signed a US$1.5-billion (about 2.3 trillion kyats) framework […]

Yangon’s ‘new city’ plan raises a billion-dollar question

On January 12, the Chinese embassy in Yangon issued a statement that mentioned the US$.3.6 billion Myitsone dam project, suspended by the government since 2011, in a manner that aroused indignation in political circles and among the public. The statement, issued after a visit to Myitkyina by Chinese ambassador Mr Hong Liang, attributed Hong as […]

Public Needs Reassuring Over BRI-Related New Yangon City Project Yangon

Of all the development projects initiated by the Yangon government, the New Yangon City project is indisputably the most controversial. From the beginning, the project’s location—a 20,000-acre site on the west bank of the Yangon River—has been questioned due to the flood-prone topography of the area. Then it emerged that the project’s main developer, the […]

Yangon’s new city to start bidding process

The government body in charge of developing the new Yangon city project announced that it will commence the bidding process in mid-February. Yangon’s regional government launched an ambitious new city project via a government-owned New Yangon Development Co (NYDC) last March. The scheme covers an area twice the size of Singapore with a target of […]

China’s top planning agency doubles down on Belt and Road collaboration

Ning Jizhe, vice chair of China’s top planning agency National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), visited Myanmar from November 24 to 27. The visit is built on the consensus reached by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and China’s leader Xi Jinping at the end of 2017, with regards to the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor […]

Chinese firm finalises new Yangon city proposal

The government body in charge of developing an ambitious new Yangon city project has reached the final stage in negotiations with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) in preparing pre-project documents (PPD). Launched by the regional government in March via a 100pc government-owned New Yangon Development Co (NYDC), the new city project covers an area twice […]

Beijing Urges Gov’t to Get Ball Rolling on China-Myanmar Economic Corridor

The vice chairman of China’s top economic planning agency has pushed Myanmar’s State Counselor to work out an implementation plan for the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, a part of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman Ning Jizhe held talks with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi […]

Hong Kong Firm Close to Finalizing New Yangon City Proposal

Hong Kong-listed China Communications Construction Co. Ltd (CCCC) has nearly finalized its proposal for the development of US$1.5 billion (2.4 trillion kyats) worth of initial infrastructure for the controversial “New Yangon City” project across the Yangon River from Myanmar’s commercial capital, according to a government body established to oversee the project. New Yangon Development Company […]

Yangon Gov’t Abused Its Power by Investing in Controversial New City Project: Lawmaker

The Yangon Regional government was accused of abusing its power by investing 10 billion kyats ($6.5 million) in a controversial new city project on the western bank of the Yangon River without the parliament’s prior approval. In March, the Yangon government launched New Yangon Development Company (NYDC) which is to be the developer of the […]

New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

The CEO of the New Yangon City project said he believed the controversial project on the western bank of the Yangon River will be “a success” if Myanmar is able to take advantage of trade tensions between the U.S. and China and lure more foreign investors. “I believe we will succeed; now is the right […]