Yangon to Upgrade Markets With PPP System

The Yangon Region government is going to install 21 markets with a public-private partnership (PPP) system, according to U Myint Thaung, the regional minister for planning and finance. “The regional government has planned to upgrade markets under YCDC that will use a PPP system rather than the government’s budget. There are 21 markets which will […]

World Bank to Loan $100 Million to Myanmar Financial Development Project

WORLD Bank and government representatives recently signed an agreement for a US$100 million (K134.9 billion) World Bank loan to the Myanmar Financial Development Project in mid-April. The representatives signed the loan for SDR71.700 million, which equals US$100 million, from the World Bank with low interest. Ulrich Zachau, country director, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Pacific […]

President’s Reserve Fund to Ensure Yangon Power Supply

The President’s Reserve Fund will be used to ensure there is sufficient electricity supply in Yangon in the coming summer, Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said. He announced this after a meeting among some Union ministers and entrepreneurs at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) office on April […]

Pay Hike for Civil Servants Unlikely

Hopes for a pay rise this month will likely remain a pipe dream for civil servants, according to an official from the Ministry of Planning and Finance. The ministry official said no recommendation on increasing the salaries of civil servants had been made during the parliament meeting to discuss the Union budget, denying rumours that […]

NLD’s One-Year Anniversary: Government’s Economic Focus a Little Thin on Substance (I)

While a year has passed since the new government proclaimed “It’s time for change”, there’s no evidence of substantive changes for the private sector. Bureaucracy, lack of policy clarity and political uncertainty have dampened the mood of businesses. One year has almost passed since the new government took office with the slogan that shouts “It’s […]

Yangon Blackouts Announced

​​ Yangon will be on power rotation plan until April 2 as supplies from the Yadanar natural gas pipeline will be temporarily stopped, according to Yangon Electricity Supply Board. It said Yangon residents may face temporary blackouts as natural gas turbines would not have a supply. Yangon Region uses about 45 per cent of total […]

Rangoon Lawmakers Ask That City Expansion Project be Separated from Planning Bill

​​ RANGOON – Outspoken lawmakers urged the Rangoon regional government on Thursday not to continue city expansion without what they referred to as a “proper” business plan. In a debate session on the regional planning bill for 2017-2018, legislators asked that the expansion project, which was submitted as part of the bill, be re-submitted to […]

Yangon Government Submits Economic Plan to Parliament

​​ An economic plan for 2017-2018, which aims to increase Gross Domestic Product by 8.5% was submitted to the Yangon Region Government by the Minister of Planning and Finance, Myint Thaung. The minister explained that the draft of the plan was designed to match the budget of the Yangon Region. It was drafted together by […]

Yangon Relaxes Truck Use Restrictions

​​ Restrictions on the use of container trucks in Yangon are being relaxed, according to the regional Ministry of Planning and Finance. Minister Myint Thaung told a meeting that the container trucks from the ports of Asia World and the International Terminal Thilawa had been allowed to go to Hlinthaya Township from 11am to 3pm. Another meeting on the subject took place between military-appointed Vice President […]

K30b From Reserved Fund for Yangon’s Power Needs

​​ President U Htin Kyaw has asked the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to approve the allotment of K30 billion from the reserve fund of the 2016 Union budget for the purchase of generators to meet the increasing electricity needs in Yangon Region. The proposal was made in a formal message distributed to the Hluttaw representatives on March […]