Parkland projects suspended pending plan

Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe told the regional parliament yesterday that the YCDC was drafting a master plan and they would only allow projects to be carried out after it is drafted. “Some companies have requested us to draft the master plan as soon as possible. The buildings must be located 30 feet away […]

Apartments for Bo Ba Htoo Housing Project Go on Sale

Developers have started construc­tion on the sec­ond phase of the Bo Ba Htoo affordable housing project in Yangon’s North Dagon township, the Yan­gon City Development Committee has said. The project, which the Yangon regional govern­ment hopes will be com­plete in 2018, sits on just under 15 acres of land in North Dagon Township at the […]

Myanmar’s toxic legacy of large dams

The country’s first strategic environmental review provides a chance to demand more from investors and dam builders, but is still being seen as too little, and leading to fierce resistance by marginalised communities. In September spectacular drone footage revealed the beauty of the waterfalls, rapids, ancient temples and islets of the Nam Pang River, a […]

Construction materials trade opened to local-foreign joint ventures

The Ministry of Commerce has further relaxed trade restrictions on foreign companies, opening onshore trade in construction materials to local-foreign joint ventures, according to a July 7 announcement. International firms were barred until last year from Myanmar’s import-export industry, which was tightly controlled until 2011 by companies with ties to the former military regime. Last […]

Kyaukphyu SEZ plan nears finish as ‘mud volcano’ causes move

The developers behind Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone plan to release the master plan at the end of June, even as a “mud volcano” has forced some of the project to move, according to officials. Singaporean firm CPG was selected in March to be the lead consultant on the project. Kyaukphyu is slated to eventually include […]

Yangon More Expensive Than Manhattan Sparking Boom: Real Estate

Sean Danley has spent the past six months scouting office space in Yangon after being sent to establish the Myanmar branch of his U.S.-based employer. He looked in the city’s three sole 1990s-era towers, where annual rents have climbed to more than $100 a square foot, compared with less than $75 in downtown Manhattan, according […]