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No proposals or plan to permit casinos: Yangon Region Chief Minister

THE Yangon Region Investment Committee (YRIC) has not received any proposals for casino businesses, and it does not plan to green light such businesses, said U Phyo Min Thein, the Yangon Region Chief Minister. He made the remarks at a press conference held on Wednesday at the YRIC office. “There is no proposal for setting […]

Myanmar ‘Has No Fourth Estate’, Mandalay Chief Minister Says of Media’s Role

MANDALAY—In an apparent snub to Myanmar’s media, the chief minister of Mandalay Region said on Friday that he only knew of three pillars of democracy—the legislature, the administrative branch and the judiciary—prompting criticism from the country’s media organizations. The news media are often collectively referred to as the “Fourth Estate” for their critical role in […]

Yangon inviting foreign help on housing

The Yangon Region government will invite foreign participation in efforts to build more affordable housing, said Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. The chief minister was speaking at a press conference to brief the media on the regional government’s progress after three years in office. “As Yangon has many industrial zones, many migrants workers are […]

Yangon chief minister calls for auto production efforts for global market

Myanmar must make efforts to manufacture a whole car and penetrate the international market, said Yangon Region chief minister Phyo Min Thein at the first international automobile show held in the Inya Lake Hotel compound on February 23. He laid out the government’s preparations for facilitating car imports as well as giving opportunities for domestic […]

Yangon CM says region economy run by over 30,000 MSME businessmen

Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said that there were over 30,000 businesses of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) registered as business entities in the Yangon Region and they run the region’s economy. “We compiled the list of these businesses by using digital technology. Over 30,000 businesses are registered in the region and our […]

Local, foreign direct investments to be permitted as soon as possible in Mandalay Region

The Mandalay Region government will permit local and foreign direct investments (FDIs), as soon as possible, if the proposals meet the necessary terms and conditions, said Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Chief Minister of Mandalay Region. The Mandalay Region Investment Committee was formed in July 2017 after the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration handed over […]

Markets in Yangon to be upgraded says Chief Minister

At the inauguration of Danyingone wholesale market on Tuesday, Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said that plans were underway to upgrade 170 markets in Yangon. “When we take over administration, there were 174 markets in Yangon. Our new government decided to do upgrading works of these markets. Most of the venders are selling things […]

Yangon Chief Minister Apologizes to Military Chief

YANGON — Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein apologized to the Myanmar Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing for comments that the military called confrontational. The chief minister said there were no civil-military relations in the democratic era and that the military’s commander-in-chief was the same as the level of director-general according to the […]

Public transport to be prioritised in Yangon urban development plan

Changes are planned on the ground, on the water and on the rails. To improve public transport in Yangon, approximately eight public bus companies will be established, with Public Transport Control Center and Traffic Control Center to oversee the bus system. In addition, the circular railway system is will be upgraded. Also, bidding for the […]

New Chief Minister sets out to modernise Yangon

YANGON: The new Chief Minister of Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, has defended making hardline decisions such as suspending some construction projects and tightening regulations against drinking establishments. Phyo Min Thein believes this will in fact help to establish more systematic processes to develop Yangon further. Under this Yangon administration, Phyo Min Thein has outlined several key […]