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Yangon gets smarter

Yangon is introducing smart meters to control the electricity supply, monitor usage and bill customers in a single automated system. If a pilot project is successful, the potential for further development could be huge, says the entrepreneur spearheading the technology. “It’s a step toward making Yangon a smart city and improving and extending e-government throughout […]

Myanmar state counselor stresses utmost effort to increase power production

YANGON, May 18 (Xinhua) — Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the need to make utmost effort to increase electricity production, saying that the government has set up new infrastructure for the power system including installation of new cable lines and opening of new sub-power stations. Aung San Suu Kyi, who is […]

Thailand’s Centara marks entry into Myanmar hotel scene

Thai-based hotel operator Centara Hotels & Resorts and KMA Hotels Group, a subsidiary of Kaung Myanmar Aung (KMA) Group of Companies, yesterday signed an agreement to develop and renovate a total of six hotels in Myanmar. The project will see three existing KMA hotels in Inle, Naypyitaw and Taungoo undergo refurbishment prior to reopening and […]

Parliament Approves $40M French Loan to Upgrade Hydropower Plants

YANGON—The Union Parliament approved on Thursday a €35.7-million (US$40 million or 60-billion kyats) loan from Agence Française de Développement (or the French Development Agency) to be used for major upgrades to five hydropower plants in four regions as Myanmar experiences country-wide waves of regular power cuts. Of the 606 lawmakers in attendance, 546 voted in […]

New Hydropower Developers’ Association to drive sustainability in Myanmar

A new industry association is launching in Myanmar to promote sustainable development in the hydropower sector. The Myanmar Hydropower Developers’ Association (MHDA) is an innovative platform for hydropower companies and industry professionals to support dialogue, influence sector policies, and improve environmental and social management practices and governance. The MHDA was founded in 2016 as the […]

‘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 […]