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Berjaya Land to build smart affordable homes in Myanmar

Berjaya Land is making a foray into building smart affordable homes here with a gross development value (GDV) of US$624 million. Disclosing this, Country Head and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Pee Kang Seng said the project, expected to take off in 2020, is located about 40 minutes from downtown Yangon on a 74.05 hectare piece […]

WB warns Myanmar of urbanisation challenges

With more people moving to Yangon and other key destinations for better opportunities, the World Bank has warned of the challenges related to urbanisation in Myanmar at the launch of its latest report this week. Judy Baker, lead economist for social, urban, rural and resilient global practice at the World Bank, said Myanmar must urgently […]

Yangon sets sights on smart-city goal

As the world advance, Yangon city has to become a smart city and also be made more liveable, said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein during the 10th anniversary of Barcamp Yangon held recently. BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences primarily focused around technology and the web. The Yangon Region government […]

‘Creating triple wins’: inclusive business in Myanmar

They can create new income opportunities for the poor by engaging them in the value chains of profitable businesses while paying better than market rates. They can also provide goods and services to the poor that address key needs in areas such as health, education, housing, finance, water and sanitation. Inclusive businesses are typically profitable […]

MI signs MoU with foreign insurance companies for housing projects

Myanmar Insurance (MI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan, Germany and Malaysia to cooperate on insurance services for the construction of one million housing units to be developed by the Ministry of Construction, at Myanmar Insurance on August 28. Dr Sandar Oo, Managing Director of Myanmar Insurance said: “The country needs to develop […]

More Low Cost and Affordable Housing Units to be Added

The Urban and Housing Development Department, under the Ministry of Commerce, will finish some of its housing projects by March next year. This program will add up to 2,500 low cost and affordable housing units to the market. The Urban and Housing Development Department has been building, and developing low cost housing by means of […]

Govt Investment Director Confident in Foreign Investment Despite Rakhine Conflict

YANGON — U Aung Naing Oo, director-general of Directorate of Investment and Company Administration under the Ministry of National Planning and Finance, talked to The Irrawaddy reporter Shwe Lay about foreign investment in Myanmar and the government’s plan to promote it. How much investment has Myanmar had over the past year? Which countries are the […]

Singapore to invest $316m in housing

The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has allowed two Singapore companies to invest over US$316 million in two Yangon housing projects, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA). “A Singapore company will invest US$35 million in a housing project and another firm will invest US$280 million in a separate project,” said an official […]

Some Gov’t Housing Projects May be Rent-to-Own

A total of 1,864 apartments from affordable housing projects will be leased as rental units, said the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development. The majority of low-income people cannot afford the price of low-cost apartments and even cannot pay the required down payment of 30 percent. “For low-income people, we will implement a rental […]

Government plans housing for 16,000 factory workers

The government is planning a housing rental project for 16,000 factory workers from Hlaing Tharyar and Shwe Pyi Thar industrial zones, according to Daw Win Maw Tun, deputy minister for labour, in the first such move to support the private sector. The housing will be dormitory-style for single men and women, with the intention to […]