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Construction sector to submit draft Apartment Law to parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar. The MLCA’s Apartment Law seeks to regulate apartment buildings developed on land areas of less than 20,000 sq ft. […]

With U Set Aung in charge, no excuse for Kyaukphyu to repeat Thilawa’s rights abuses

Chair of Thilawa Special Economic Zone Management Committee (TSMC) is now also at the helm of Kyaukphyu’s SEZ body. Given that there is now an SEZ precedent to learn from, U Set Aung should ensure Kyaukphyu does not repeat the human rights abuses and lack of transparency in which Thilawa was mired. U Set Aung, […]

Property cycle at trough, turning point in sight, agents say

Property prices in Mandalay have dropped between 10 to 30 percent over the past five years, with steeper falls seen in less populated residential estates, local real estate agents told The Myanmar Times. After slipping from its peak in 2013 though, the property market could now be at a turning point. “Recent market conditions are […]

Japanese firm to build train station along Yangon Circular Railway

Japan’s Hello Communications has submitted a proposal to upgrade train stations along the Yangon Circular Railway to Myanma Railways, which operates the line, U Arkar Min Thu, general manager of the economic department under Myanma Railways, told The Myanmar Times on Tuesday. It is the first time Myanma Railways is receiving proposals from the private […]

Myanmar to trim Kyaukphyu cost but drops Annan’s strategic review suggestion

Nay Pyi Taw’s plan to reduce the cost of Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, including the proposed deep-sea port, will help cap its external debt load and avoid repeating Sri Lanka’s Hambantota’s precedent, according to London-headquartered research firm BMI Research. At the same time, a government committee has dropped any mentioning of commissioning a Strategic Environmental […]

Clashing with the law, SEZ body to resurrect Dawei megaproject

Myanmar’s SEZ working body announced that the long-suspended Dawei SEZ project will be resurrected this October, in a move which is set to clash with the Environmental Conservation Law because there is no known site-wide environment assessment conducted or approved. U Than Myint, chair of the SEZ Central Working Body, said during a meeting with […]

Anti-Graft Commission, UMFCCI sign Joint Anti-Corruption Declaration

Corruption has adverse impacts on economic and administrative sectors, said Aung Kyi, Chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission, at a ceremony to sign the Joint Anti-Corruption Declaration between Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the commission on July 2 in Yangon. “It is known to all that corruption is interrelated with […]

GDP expands to 7.4pc as more companies are cleared for business

Mandalay Region, Myanmar’s second largest city, has permitted the opening of 14 local and foreign businesses in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, chair of the Mandalay Regional Investment Committee. Nine foreign companies will contribute foreign direct investments totaling $13.6 million, while the remaining six companies will contribute K23.1 billion in local […]

Myanmar to showcase investment projects, reforms in Hong Kong’s Belt and Road forum

The newly-appointed chair of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) U Thaung Tun, who is also Union Minister at the Office of the Union Government, is going to lead a delegation to the third annual Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong this week. Demonstrated by the major economic reforms we have implemented over the past year, […]

Great Hor Kham expands into hydropower, prepares for YSX listing

U Sai Ohn Myint, chair of the board of directors of Great Hor Kham Public Company, which will list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this year, isn’t too worried about trading volumes on the local bourse, which have all but collapsed since opening for business in early 2016. “I think investors will be able to […]