Yangon suspends property project near Mya Yeik Nyo Royal Hotel

Residents are objecting to a real estate development project earmarked for construction near the Mya Yeik Nyo Royal Hotel at Pale Street, Bahan township, as it is near Kokkine reservoir, which supplies water to nine townships in Yangon. Locals are concerned about potential damage to the reservoir and water pumping station, as well as obstruction […]

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Request for expressions of interest: Conducting baseline surveys un EU MY-Governance Program. Closing Date 17th November 2017

The Myanmar Institutional Strengthening and Policy Dialogue Support (ISPDS) – My-Governance — is a technical assistance programme funded by the European Union. The MY-Governance programme is supporting the Department of Rural Development in strengthening its capacity for monitoring and evaluation. My-Governance programme is soliciting proposals from local research institutions to conduct four baseline surveys for […]

Request for service offer: Hosted Dedicated Server. Closing Date 17 Nov 2017

The My-Governance Project is a technical assistance programme funded by the European Union for Institutional Strengthening and Policy Dialogue Support in Myanmar. Amongst others, it supports the Department of Rural Development through the development of a monitoring and evaluation management information system (M&E MIS). The My-Governance programme is soliciting proposals from local companies to provide […]

A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

To pay or not to pay? INGOs wrangle over income tax

With a new government in office and the start of a new financial year, international non-government organisations (INGOs) are holding intense discussions over whether their well-paid expat staff should pay income tax in Myanmar. Some have been paying tax for years; others claim to have deals that exempt their foreign staff; and others would not […]

Entrepreneurship week hits nine Myanmar cities

Myanmar’s democratic transition has made chasing down dreams a bit easier for entrepreneurs, according to the president of the Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs’ Association (MYEA). The key difference since Myanmar began to open up is that now, with a good idea and enough capital, “you can do it”, said U Wai Phyo at a media roundtable […]

Myanmar Citymart Supermarket chain takes Visa

Shopping is about to become simpler for travellers in Myanmar. City Mart, the country’s largest supermarket chain, has teamed up with Visa and KBZ Bank to roll out card acceptance at selected branches, a first for a supermarket chain in Myanmar. Customers can now pay with their Visa debit and credit cards at City Mart […]

Manhattan prices in Yangon

International NGOs are facing strong criticism in Myanmar not for the work they do, but for the large amounts of donor money they spend on renting offices. Recent reports have found that considerable sums are paid for office space in Yangon, where most organisations have their head offices. Adding to the controversy, some of these […]

Yangon Rental Costs in the Spotlight After Unicef Outcry

YANGON — Following an outcry over the revelation that the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) is paying a steep rental fee to a former military official, other international organizations operating in Myanmar are facing calls to be transparent about their rental arrangements in Yangon. Last week, Unicef admitted that it pays US$87,000 per month for […]