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The many battlefronts of Grab versus Gojek in Southeast Asia

The term ‘super app’ became a popular buzzword in Southeast Asia after Grab and Gojek, the region’s two biggest tech startups, began using the term to describe themselves. It’s meant to signal their ambition to become the one-stop app to offer services and solutions that help people address their daily needs–from transportation to food, to […]

Grab, Myanma Insurance partner to provide insurance coverage

Grab has partnered with state-owned Myanma Insurance to launch a group Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) scheme which covers its drivers and passengers in the case of an accident during a GrabTaxi, GrabThoneBane or GrabBike ride. It is the first ride hailing company to procure a group PAI policy in Myanmar, covering four-wheel, three-wheel and two-wheel […]

Grab sees higher growth with more services in Myanmar

With more people in Myanmar getting used to using mobile applications in their day-to-day activities, Grab Holdings Inc is fully confident that it will enjoy a healthier growth in the months to come, according to Cindy Toh, Grab’s country head for Myanmar. Toh said in an interview with The Nation that the Singapore-based ride-hailing giant […]

Grab to launch three new ride-hailing services in Myanmar this year

Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab has announced plans to introduce three new ride-hailing services in Myanmar this year after posting “substantial growth” in the local market in 2018, according to a company announcement. Grab Myanmar acting country manager Alvin Loh revealed that the company will focus on expanding three new ride-hailing services in the capital […]

‘Moving Yangon Forward’ towards a better transport system

The question of transportation in Yangon was at the forefront of an event last week. The Moving Yangon Forward: The Urban Mobility Forum held at a hotel in Yangon on February 20 discussed how mobility and transportation in Yangon can be improved to make the city a more inclusive for all. The forum saw the […]

Howa unveils taxi-booking app to challenge Grab, Line

Howa International Co, the operator of Taxi Radio and Suvarnabhumi Taxi Cooperative, has invested 20 million baht to unveil the HaHa taxi-booking mobile app and digital meter terminal (DMT) to compete with rivals Grab and Line. Over the next 30 days, the Land Transportation Department is expected to announce a new regulation to let taxi […]

GrabPay sets sights on Cambodia and Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing group plans to take its mobile payments service into Cambodia and Myanmar as it expands its range of businesses throughout ASEAN countries, according to a senior executive. Reuben Lai, senior managing director of the Singapore-based company’s financial arm, identified the two countries as next on the list. Grab’s ride-hailing app is […]

FastGo to launch in Indonesia and Myanmar

Vietnamese ride-hailing service, FastGo has announced it will launch its service in Indonesia ad Myanmar – its two first international markets – by the end of this year. FastGo CEO Nguyễn Hữu Tuất told Việt Nam News that it expected to occupy a 30 per cent market share in Indonesia and take second place after […]

Grab cashes up for a bigger taxi fight

GRAB is arming itself for a long fight. The ride-hailing firm won one big battle earlier this year when it pushed US giant Uber out of South-east Asia. Much of its latest US$1 billion funding round will be spent in Indonesia, where the Singapore-based group is up against homegrown rival Go-Jek. That country is where […]

Myanmar’s Waiting for the Western Investment That Never Came

Among business leaders in Myanmar, would-be investment from the U.S. and Europe is known by the wry acronym NATO. “No Action, Talk Only,” Sean Turnell, special economic consultant to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in an interview, underscoring the country’s history of missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. As Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economy began […]