MP calls on Yangon to convert idle buildings and land into money earners, job generators

A regional legislator has proposed that the Yangon government seizes idle buildings and land plots and turn it into productive assets that would not only earn income for the government but also generate employment for the people. MP U Hla Htay from Mingalar Taung Nyunt township noted in his proposal to Yangon Region Parliament on […]

Yangon New City Project to be Remodelled with Tower Blocks Included

The current New City project in Myanmar’s commercial capital will be remodelled to accommodate the city’s projected population growth and tower blocks will be part of the new plan, according to a Yangon Region minister. Daw Nilar Kyaw, the regional minister for electricity, industry and transportation, made the remarks on July 10 during a special […]

Yangon New City Project makes few adjustments

The Yangon New City Project will be carried out with collaboration from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and foreign loans, said Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry, Road and Communication Daw Nilar Kyaw at the 2nd Yangon Region Hluttaw meeting held on 10 July. The new city will be […]

Centralising Taxi Operations to Ease Congestion

The Yangon Region government would be implementing a new scheme under which taxis would be managed by taxi service operators, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, regional minister of electricity, industry and transportation, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the country’s commercial capital. The minister said there were 80,000 taxis running on the road all […]

Upgrade Underway to Improve Power in Yangon

The government is upgrading electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Yangon Region, Daw Nilar Kyaw, minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication, told a news conference to mark the first anniversary of the government. She said that during fiscal 2016-17, the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation (YESC) installed new cables in a pilot project in Hlaing, Dala, Tarmwe and Hlaing […]

Confusion Over Water Transport Service Implementation Arises

The government has chosen the company which will operate the water bus service on the Hlaing River and Nga Moe Yeik Creek, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, regional minister of electricity, industry and transportation, on May 22 at a regional parliamentary session. The company Tint Tint Myanmar won the tender over its competitor, Daw Nilar Kyaw […]

Private Sector Encouraged to Help Strengthen Power Generation

​​ Officials from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy have said that there are long-term and short-term projects planned in order to meet growing electricity demand in the country. Myanmar’s demand for electricity has increased annually, but power supply has been insufficient. 6.5 million out of 10 million households have no access to electricity, and […]

Multi-Billion Dollar Rangoon Southwest Expansion Set to Begin

​​ RANGOON — The Rangoon divisional government will begin implementation of a controversial expansion plan in the southwest region of the commercial capital at the end of February, according to Rangoon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. The chief minister made the announcement on Saturday during a meeting with Vice President U Myint Swe and […]

Suu Kyi Opens NLD Government’s First Public Housing Project

​​ You’ll be forgiven if you’re skeptical about the latest pledge from Yangon’s electricity minister: she has said there will be no power cuts in the city this hot season. Any resident who has been tormented by mosquitoes while sweating in pitch darkness knows that city authorities have always struggled to keep the juice flowing […]

JICA Updates 2040 Plan for Yangon Development

​​ The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over an updated version of its 2040 master plan for Yangon’s development to the region government, which is waiting until it has received a bevy of other plans from other agencies before deciding which recommendations to adopt. Yasushi Tanaka, the director general for JICA’s Southeast Asia […]