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‘Knowledge is transformative’: UTIAS professor teaches robotics in Myanmar

Professor Jonathan Kelly (UTIAS) recently returned from a week in Yangon, Myanmar, where he partnered with a startup accelerator to teach robotics to 25 local university students. The teaching opportunity was part of an initiative by Phandeeyar, an organization that aims to expand the pool of tech talent in Myanmar in order to accelerate the […]

Growth, living standards to rise as Mandalay aims to be second growth engine

Living standards in Mandalay Region are expected to rise this year with per capita GDP rising to K1.7 million compared to K1.5 million in the past, said regional chief minister U Zaw Myint Maung at the Mandalay International Trade Fair and Business Forum held on March 23. This will come on the back of rising […]

Guangdong to support Myanmar in infrastructure, productivity

Guangdong province will cooperate with Myanmar to support the development of four sectors under the Belt and Road Initiative, Mr. Ouyang Weimin, Deputy State Administrator from Guangdong province government in China, said at the China-Myanmar Trade and Investment Forum held in Yangon on March 12. Guangdong is a coastal province of southeast China which borders […]

The time is now: Why you should see Southern Myanmar’s seldom-visited beaches and trading towns

The recent opening up of southern Myanmar means intrepid travelers can now venture south, where quaint trading towns are untouched by tourism and sandy beaches are local secrets, as Keith Lyons discovers. For most visitors to Myanmar, a day or overnight trip to Kyaiktyo, better known as Golden Rock, is as far south as they […]

Future Yangon as a town encircled by industrial zones: Chief Minister

The regional government is planning to build Yangon as a town circled by industrial zones and in the future, a big circular shaped city emerge, said Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein in a ceremony to open Hmawby-Taikkyi road, a portion of Yangon-Pyay Road held on February 10. The opening ceremony was attended by […]

Supply of housing units to rise, spur more development

Despite a rise in the number of housing units provided by the government and private sector, the gap between supply and demand for affordable homes in Yangon is widening as the population expands, Daw Aye Aye Latt, MD of Chantha Shwe Myay Construction Co, told Myanmar Times during an exclusive interview. To address the shortage, […]

Rakhine launches new power infrastructure, aims for development

Power transmission lines measuring 104 kilometres (60 miles) and a substation that will serve Ponnagyun, Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in Rakhine State have been officially launched. The infrastructure will now provide electricity around the clock to some 7800 households in the townships said Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing. The 66KV […]

Bridge project stirs property prices in Dala

Property prices in Dala Township are rising after construction of a bridge linking Dala to downtown Yangon was finally given the green light on December 24, 2018 after six years of deliberation. Expected to be completed in three and a half years, the US$138 million South Korea-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, will connect Phone Gyi Street, in […]

Fisheries ministry needed for sector development and better exports

The Myanmar livestock and fisheries sectors have not lived up to their potential under the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and needs to be a separate ministry in order to fully grow and develop, said U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine ethnic minister in Yangon Regional Government. “In the past, livestock and […]

Plans to Accept $79M French Loan Shelved

NAYPYITAW—The Union Parliament on Thursday voted down the government’s proposal to receive loans worth 70 million euros ($79.3 million) from the French Development Agency (AFD). Just 34 votes were in favor of the proposal and 497 against, with six abstentions despite the deputy minister for planning and finance attempting to convince lawmakers that the project […]