Businesses, government must embrace digital technology to stay relevant

To develop and expand, Myanmar must embrace and keep up with the pace at digital technology is changing the economy and the way companies do business around the world, tech experts at the Digital Transformation Summit said. The summit was jointly held by the Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI) and US […]

Need to reduce consumption rises as fuel imports surge

As fuel can be imported freely from overseas, the volume and value of fuel imports into Myanmar is expected to rise this year compared to last year, U Khin Maung Lwin, Assistant Secretary from the Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. “Gasoline has been allowed to be imported regularly into Myanmar. As the private […]

Who can Grab the opportunity s Uber’s Asian ride gets bumpy?

As ride-hailing giant Uber struggles with its manifold problems worldwide, regional rivals such as the Southeast Asia-focused Grab are embracing one cardinal rule: don’t gloat just yet. Instead, with the titan on the ropes, the smaller players are quietly using the opportunity to expand into new countries and services, consolidating market share wherever possible. But […]

Grab to invest US$100m in Myanmar as smartphone use surges

[SINGAPORE] Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies to capture exploding use of smartphones. Grab will invest the money over the next three years and work with local governments to expand ride-hailing to more cities and roll out services such as […]

Hello Cab returns to market with new app, says market big enough for four

Local taxi operator Hello Cab is gearing up to compete in Yangon’s after upgrading its mobile app, managing director U Aung Win said. ‘’We are using an application which was created in 2013 and is no longer up to date. Now, we are drawing on new software to build the app and hope to finish […]

The road to taxi reform – can ride-hailing apps help fix the market?

Duncan Burry notes the promise ride-hailing apps hold for Myanmar’s future. Hello Cabs, Myanmar’s first ride-hailing app, was launched in Yangon in August of 2015. Oway Ride, a local rival, was not far behind, launching in February 2016. And then two large international players were launched in 2017: Grab in March and Uber in May. […]

Uber, Grab do things a little differently in Yangon

Uber Technologies and Grab, two of the biggest names in the ride-hailing business, are rapidly expanding in Myanmar’s largest city, where the spread of smartphones is unlocking big opportunities. Yangon’s authorities appear to have rolled out the welcome mat for them, viewing the services as a way to improve the city’s underdeveloped transport infrastructure. Going […]

Uber competitor Grab has raised $2.5 billion from Asian tech giants

Grab, a taxi-hailing service operating in South East Asia, announced on Monday that it has raised $2 billion (£1.5 billion) from Japanese tech investor Softbank and its Chinese equivalent, Didi Chuxing. It expects to raise a further $500 million (£385 million) from other investors before the funding round is closed, bringing the total investment for […]

Oway digitizes Myanmar’s taxi market

The Global New Light of Myanmar Daily spoke with U Nay Aung, founder and chief executive officer of Oway Ride, one of a number of mobile application-based transportation service company in Myanmar whose competitors include international taxi firms like Uber and Grab. Q: May I know how you got the idea to start Oway Ride […]

Grab and Wave Money push e-payment

Taxi service firm Grab and the e-payment platform Wave Money signed an agreement to provide online payment for the taxi service on June 29 in Yangon. Wave Money, the first licensed mobile-money service in the country, has detailed a plan to implement e-money accounts for Grab taxi drivers, moving the cash-based payment towards online transactions. […]