Developer brushes off concerns about Myotha Industrial Park

DEVELOPER Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development has brushed off human rights concerns and accusations in relation to the Myotha Industrial Park in Mandalay, while the International Federation for Human Rights argued that the process for the establishment of the park underscores the failure by the developer to conduct proper human rights due diligence. Tensions and confrontations […]

IFC Approves Support for Controversial Tycoon’s Mandalay Cement Project

The World Bank’s private sector lending arm the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has given the go ahead to support a multi-million dollar plan to expand a cement factory in Mandalay Region, operated by the Shwe Taung Conglomerate. The firm’s chairman, Aik Htun, had been alleged by US authorities to have had ties to the drug […]

Manila Water Inks Deal with WB Investment Arm

Manila Water Co. Inc.’s overseas business unit has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Finance Corp. (IFC) on working together in projects in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in the south east. This develops as Manila Water Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. aims to add momentum to the Ayala group’s expansion within the region, […]

Myanmar’s Oway Group to close eight-digit funding round

Myanmar’s leading travel booking and ride-hailing service provider Oway Group said it is currently in discussions with potential investors to close an eight-digit funding round in October. As part of the round, IFC has made an equity investment worth US$2 million in the startup in early 2017, marking the World Bank arm’s first investment in […]

US Solar Firm Tackles Cost Barriers Through Instalment System

A US-based solar product company launched its services in Myanmar with the support of the International Finance Corporation and United Nations Capital Development Fund to widen access to clean energy among the rural population. The opening of its first store in Myanmar was accompanied with the introduction of the instalment system for purchases. Greenlight Planet […]

Manila Water, IFC to collaborate on water projects in Asia Pacific

PARTNERSHIP FOR WATER PROJECT – Manila Water Philippine Ventures and Manila Water Asia Pacific President and CEO Virgilio C. Rivera Jr. (second from left) and IFC Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific Vivek Pathak (center) shake hands during the MOU-signing together with Manila Water Company Chairman Fernando Zobel de Ayala (left) and IFC […]

Department to call for tenders to upgrade three domestic airports

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The tender call invites developers who are interested to upgrade the infrastructure projects through a public-private partnership (PPP) system, U Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of DCA told The Myanmar Times. Public-private partnerships between a government agency and private-sector company can be used to finance, construct and […]

Sustainability is Key to the Future of Tourism in Myanmar

Destination management is needed to achieve sustainable tourism, which will contribute to jobs and long-term growth in Myanmar. “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about,” celebrated novelist, Rudyard Kipling, wrote over a century ago. Even today, his thoughts hold true, with Myanmar offering a unique experience to the […]

Regional Govt to Build Bridges, Underground Road System

The regional government plans to build bridges and an underground road system to connect Yangon’s older and newer sections, announced Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein on July 11. “Yangon is densely populated, and the regional government plans to expand its area. We plan to build a new town on the opposite side of the Yangon […]

Yangon New City Project to be Remodelled with Tower Blocks Included

The current New City project in Myanmar’s commercial capital will be remodelled to accommodate the city’s projected population growth and tower blocks will be part of the new plan, according to a Yangon Region minister. Daw Nilar Kyaw, the regional minister for electricity, industry and transportation, made the remarks on July 10 during a special […]