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Yangon govt to act against messy overhead cables

The Yangon Regional Government says it is going to take action against telecommunications companies for untidy telecom cables that crisscross roads and streets, Daw Nilar Kyaw, minister of electricity, industry, transportation and telecommunication said during the sitting of the regional assembly last Thursday. “We will be going to take action against the telecoms companies that […]

Government announces new MIC appointments, U Thaung Tun as new chair

The Union government on Saturday officially announced changes in the ranks of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). According to notification (61/2018), U Thaung Tun, union minster of Ministry of the Office of the Union Government, formerly a member of the MIC, will now be the commission’s chair. Meanwhile, Dr Than Myint, Union Minister of Commerce, […]

Yangon threatens unregistered fibre optic firms with legal action

The Yangon government will take action against unregistered telecommunications companies providing services such as installation of fibre optic cables for commercial and residential customers, a regional minister said. Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region minister for Electricity, Industry, and Roads and Communications, told the regional parliament on Wednesday that next month, her office will join up […]

MPs raise concerns over consequences of Yangon expansion

Since the start of the year, Yangon has announced ambitious plans for expansion and new infrastructure. ‘’The Yangon population will hit 10 million in the next two decades and it can be a mega city by 2040, said Daw Nilar Kyaw of Yangon regional minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation. But while the developments are […]

Concerns from multiple parties emerge following Grab, Uber merger

Concerns are mounting from multiple parties after Grab, the taxi ride hailing company, officially announced the acquisition of rival Uber’s Southeast Asia operations on Monday. ‘‘We have reached an agreement to combine our business in Southeast Asia with Grab. In exchange, Uber will take up a 27.5 percent stake in the combined company. After investing […]

Yangon Transport Authority Declares YBS a ‘Success’ on Its 1st Birthday

YANGON— Yangon transport officials declared the city’s revamped a bus system a “success” on its first anniversary on Tuesday, downplaying what has generally been regarded as a bumpy start. “The Yangon Bus Service has achieved 70 percent of the goals we set,” Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), the body […]

Acer, Excel Myanmar to Bring Cashless Fares to Yangon Bus System

YANGON — Nearly a month behind schedule, an ad hoc assessment board convened by the Yangon Region government has named Excel KC Myanmar the winner of a contract to implement a cashless payment system for the city’s public bus commuters. The regional government solicited bids in late August for the card payment platform, the Yangon […]

Architects, Experts Slam Draft Law for Yangon City Development

YANGON—A new draft law governing the development of Yangon has been condemned by architects and urban planners, who say it lacks a long-term vision for Myanmar’s biggest city, as well as safeguards against conflicts of interest involving members of the city’s development authority. Yangon government-appointed experts and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the municipal […]

Return of shared taxi service to heat up Yangon market

The Yangon Regional Government is planning to allow the return of shared taxi services between the outskirts and Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication. The move comes amid rising demand and is likely to introduce more competition in the Yangon taxi market. It is also […]

Preparations Underway to Ensure Consistent Power Supply This Summer

More electricity will be generated by new power plants while other plans are underway to reduce power blackouts in Yangon and Mandalay during the coming summer months between March and May, according to Yangon Region Electricity, Industry and Transport minister Daw Nilar Kyaw. An additional 439 megawatts of electricity will be generated in 2018, Daw […]