Kayin State opens tender for Hpa-an mall

The Kayin State government is calling tenders for building the first shopping mall in the state capital of Hpa-an, a senior planning official said. U Than Naing, minister of the municipality as well as of the planning and finance departments of the state government, said the project was planned to be built within a two-and-a-half-year […]

JICA to fund new projects to replace old suspension bridges

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will fund the construction of new bridges to replace ageing suspension bridges in some areas of the country, an official of the Japanese aid agency said. Among the new bridges that JICA will fund include the one that will replace the Gyaing suspension bridge in Kawkareik township of Kayin […]

Are municipalities Myanmar’s champions of reform?

2017 was a difficult year for Myanmar. The rocky peace process and crisis in Rakhine have complicated the government’s effort to put together a reform agenda following five decades of authoritarian rule. In such a challenging context, it is easy for bureaucratic inertia to set in and for people within government to become more risk […]

Myanmar’s not-so-underground casinos in line for legalization

MYAWADDY, Myanmar — Casinos are banned in Myanmar, but you would not know that by looking at the ones in the country’s border areas. In the eastern town of Myawaddy, across a river from Thailand, the gaming houses light up the night like their counterparts in Macau or Las Vegas, though they are smaller. Little […]

MyTel enters Myanmar’s telecoms mart

Mytel Company, Myanmar’s fourth operator announced on Thursday that they started selling SIM cards in Nay Pyi Taw, eastern Bago and Kayin State on March 15. “A key point of our launch plan has always been a focus on more rural areas, and the provinces away from large cities like Yangon and Mandalay. We are […]

Parliament approves to borrow US$80 M from ADB

Union Parliament approved to borrow US$80 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for towns along Greater Mekong Sub-region development project. Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister for Construction said the project is to develop towns located along the East-West Economic Corridor in Greater Mekong Sub-region. The ministry chose Hpa-an and Myawady from Kayin State and Mawlamyaing from […]

United International Group to Open Five Amata Hotels in 2018-19

United International Group, owner and operator of Amata Hotels in Myanmar, will open five more hotels in the country, U Win Aung, group CEO of United International Group told The Myanmar Times Monday. The company will open two new Amata hotels at Inle Lake and Pindaya in Shan State, two in the Myeik archipelago at Tanintharyi Region […]

Fate of Thai-Kayin Coal Plant Project Hinges on Assessment

​​ The parliamentary approval for a Thai coal power plant in Kayin State would depend on the results of the environment impact assessment (EIA), which is being conducted by an independent agency, a spokesman of the state parliament said. U Saw Chit Khin said the state parliament would wait for the EIA results before it decides […]

Minister Vows to Ensure Full Power Supply for Kayin State

​ The government will takes measures to ensure Kayin State gets the electricity supply it needs and a budget to that effect has been planned, said Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Planning and Finance, at a November 24 ceremony at the Kayin State Investment Fair-2017. “As it is now the start of the season, we […]

From Paper to Platforms: Tax Collection in Myanmar

The International Monetary Fund forecast this month that Myanmar’s economy would rebound to 6.7 percent this year—surpassing many of its neighbors in growth. Among the National League for Democracy-led government’s economic priorities is broadening its revenue base through improved tax collection. For a cash-based country accustomed to backchannel exchanges that has continued to decentralize, reforming the tax […]