Yangon to build 200,00 units of low-cost housing

Low-cost housing projects totalling about 200,000 units will be built in Dagon, Hlinethaya and Shwepyitha townships in Yangon Region starting in December to provide homes for the increasing number of migrant workers, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein. “There are a large number of people entering Yangon for job opportunities. We are planning to provide […]

Yangon looks to cut rice production

Military-appointed First Vice President Myint Swe meets business leaders in Yangon. The Yangon regional government is holding discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation about growing other crops in 1.2 million acres of paddy fields, said the region’s Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on September 23. “We are drafting a master plan for […]

Regional Govt to Build Bridges, Underground Road System

The regional government plans to build bridges and an underground road system to connect Yangon’s older and newer sections, announced Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on July 11. “Yangon is densely populated, and the regional government plans to expand its area. We plan to build a new town on the opposite side of the Yangon […]

Yangon to Spend $100m on Drainage

Yangon Region’s government has drafted a plant to repair drainage and take flood prevention measures with US$100 million granted by the World Bank, said Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein yesterday. He told a press conference: “The WB has agreed to loan US$125 million. US$100 million will be spent repairing platforms and drainage. In addition, JCT […]

Yangon Squatters Exceed 450,000

The number of squatters in Yangon has exceeded 450,000, chief minister Phyo Min Thein told business leaders at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. “The squatter problem is related to the industrial zones. But some industrial zones have no squatters. There are many squatters in Hlaingtharyar Township. I will lead the committee to allocate squatters and cooperate with the union government. We previously estimated that the number of squatters would be around 400,000,” he added. Yangon sees an increasing population from across the country and industrial development. “We are working […]

Billions to be Spent Developing Towns on Outskirts of Yangon

​​ YANGON – Yangon regional government plans to spend about Ks 32 billion developing 12 Townships on the outskirts of the city’s municipal area, the Yangon Chief Minister has said. Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein revealed the news in a video that detailed the Region Government’s work for the public. “For development of the Yangon […]

Yangon new bus system gets moving

The residents of Myanmar’s main commercial city are slowly adjusting to the new transport system, introduced nearly a month ago by the region’s chief minister. “It was chaos to begin with, but now we’re getting used to it,” office worker Mi Mi Chan told Asia Focus as she waited to catch her bus to work […]

Myanmar-Japan joint venture eyes infrastructure investment

A joint venture between Myanmar’s leading heavy machinery distributor, Myanmar Kaido Co, and Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi Corp aims to capitalise on the rapid development of the Southeast Asian country’s urban infrastructure through the rental of construction and other equipment. An opening ceremony for the joint venture, Diamond Rental Myanmar Co, 50% owned by Mitsubishi, […]

Myanmar green energy sector faces hurdles

YANGON – Myanmar’s goal of achieving a 100 per cent electrification rate by 2030, with 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources, is achievable but several hurdles need to be tackled first, energy experts have said. At the Myanmar Green Energy Summit 2016 last week, panellists agreed that hydroelectricity, plus wind and solar energy, […]

Ma Hta Tha awaits green light to replace old buses

Despite the Yangon Region Chief Minister’s promise to be rid of old passenger buses that have been deemed unsuitable for Yangon city, an authority from Yangon’s public transport regulatory body said the plan had yet to be officiated. Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has verbally agreed to remove the ban on 19 June at a […]