Yangon government urged to rein in proliferation of illegal massage parlours

Members of Parliament have urged the Yangon Region government to set clear regulations on opening massage parlours as well as bars and karaoke lounges in hotels and other commercial outlets in Yangon. During a parliament session last week, MPs raised questions on the licensing procedures and controls in place on running such establishments. They also […]

Infrastructure, safety standards needed for LPG industry to take off

The government is now more than half way through its term and time is running out for it to make good on its promise to double Myanmar’s supply of electricity within the next two years. But the government is not without backup plans to help it achieve its goals, one of which is replacing the […]

IRD will reward those who lodge complaints on businesses that fail to pay tax

The government is raising its efforts to collect taxes from commercial enterprises. Last week, the Internal Revenue Department said it will reward those who provide information on establishments that fail to collect commercial taxes, according to state media. Under the law, consumers who buy goods and services in Myanmar are liable to pay commercial taxes. […]

Government strengthens aim of distributing LPG to a million households by 2020

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is aiming to supply liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to one million households by 2020, U Win Khine, Minister of the MOEE said at a meeting with companies involved in the import, storage, distribution and marketing of LPG last week. LPG can replace the use of electricity as a […]

Home-stay tourism expected to take off when law approved

The home-stay programme in the countryside will become a reality once the new tourism law which is being discussed in a Pyithu Hluttaw committee is approved. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has been trying to amend the Myanmar Hotels and Tourism Law enacted in 1993. According to the law, the ministry only issues four […]

Yangon to tighten enforcement on tax stickers

The government will take action against those popular restaurants which do not affix commercial tax stamps properly,Yangon Region Minister for Planning and Finance U Myint Thaung said on February 20 at the regional legislature. Some retail stores, department stores and restaurants charge a 5 percent consumer tax fom customers. But nobody knows whether the 5 […]

M-development Corp signs Chanmyashwepyay project in Mandalay

M-development Corporation (Myanmar) Co has signed a Build, Operate and Transfer agreement with the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) to upgrade the Chanmyashwepyay (Kywesekan) Bus Terminal over a period of 50 years, at K3 billion per year. The terminal will be upgraded in accordance with international standards and built to function like an airport. Targeted […]

FTTH Internet Comes to Bago at a Low Cost

Internet service provid­er 5BB Broadband has introduced fiber optic home internet (FTTH) to Bago’s commercial areas at rate cheaper than in Yangon and Mandalay. A subsidiary of Global Technology Myanmar, 5BB Broadband is target­ing hotels and commer­cial areas in Shinsawpu and Likepyarkan quar­ters, Myoma market, and Shwe Maw Daw pagoda as recipients of its FTTH […]

Children’s rights bill inconsistent over child labour regulations

Sections within the draft law are inconsistent over the minimum working age, and child employment in many sectors remains unregulated A children’s rights draft law introduced to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on July 7 fails to address inconsistencies between existing domestic laws regarding child employment and the legal minimum working age. The bill does not tackle grey […]