Can Rangoon’s Traffic Woes be Solved?

RANGOON — Dr. Maung Aung has the ambition to ease a shared source of suffering for Rangoon residents since 2011—traffic congestion—by the end of the year, implementing a series of changes from a computerized traffic control system to a drastically streamlined bus network. He is the secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), formed […]

How ASEAN is adapting to a democratic Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi will land in Bangkok for the first time since her triumphant 2015 election victory on June 23. Her Thai military hosts know something about elections: They tend not to respect their outcomes. As Myanmar’s democratic icon knows well, if you want to do high-level diplomatic business in Southeast Asia then you […]

What Opening Up an Isolationist Nation to the Global Economy Does to Traffic

Three years ago, traffic may have cost Burmese 24-year-old Kyaw Kyaw Win his job. He migrated to Yangon, the commercial capital of the country now known as Myanmar, in search of worktwo years after the start of crucial economic development reforms that opened the once-hermit nation to international investment. The country of more than 51 […]

Two Philippine airlines granted seats to Yangon

Direct flights from the Philippines to Myanmar will begin soon, following the former’s Civil Aviation Board recent granting of seat entitlements to AirAsia Zest and Cebu Pacific on the Manila-Yangon route. In May, the two countries reached an air service agreement allowing airlines to fly between the two destinations. Currently, Philippine nationals enjoy 14 days […]

Ayala Land to launch Myanmar, Vietnam projects next year

MANILA, Philippines – Property giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) plans to launch next year its initial projects in Myanmar and Vietnam as it exits China following a slowdown in the real estate sector of the world’s second largest economy. Initial joint venture projects in emerging and frontier markets will allow ALI to learn more about […]

Philippines-Myanmar air service agreement attracts LCC interest

THE inking of an air service agreement between the Philippines and Myanmar is likely to pave the way for LCC flights on the Manila-Yangon route, which travel consultants are keen to capitalise on for niche holidays. Following the May 20 signing, Philippine-based LCCs Cebu Pacific Airways, Tigerair and Philippines AirAsia have applied to the Civil […]