Will Government Meet Target on Low-Cost Housing?

Under the previous government, the construction of low-cost apartments failed to reach its target. With the new government, we have to wait and see whether or not the specified numbers of low-cost apartments can be built in time. The previous administration had claimed that they were going to complete the construction of one million apartments […]

Rangoon Lawmakers Ask That City Expansion Project be Separated from Planning Bill

​​ RANGOON – Outspoken lawmakers urged the Rangoon regional government on Thursday not to continue city expansion without what they referred to as a “proper” business plan. In a debate session on the regional planning bill for 2017-2018, legislators asked that the expansion project, which was submitted as part of the bill, be re-submitted to […]

JMHU Offers $20 Million in Capital to Implement Low-Cost Housing Projects

​​ Japan-Myanmar Association for Industry of Housing and Urban Development (JMHU) has offered to provide US $20 million to Myanmar to implement low-cost housing projects, according to a press release issued by the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).  A local public company, Myanmar Construction and Development, […]

Affordable Housing Still Unattainable for Many

​​ RANGOON — In an effort to build low cost and affordable housing across Burma, the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) and Singapore-based consultancy Surbana Jurong signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Sule Shangri-La Hotel on Friday morning. Government-owned Surbana Jurong has played a role in urban development and public housing in Singapore. The […]

Ministry Aims at 1 Million Housing Units by 2030

​​ The Ministry of Construction has planned to implement one million units by 2030, according to the government’s housing development plan. The plan began in 2012 and it is intended to be implemented over the course of five years. As the plan is reaching its first five-year marker, the government should be building an estimated […]

Tax Cut Planned For Low-Cost Housing Purchases

​​ The government is planning to drastically reduce the taxes it levies when people purchase state-commissioned low-cost housing, which developers say puts many units out of reach for ordinary buyers. Union Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win, in a speech to developers and business leaders last week, said that the only taxes levied on […]

YCDC drafts new rules for building permits

Yangon City Development Committee has finished amending its building permit regulations, its secretary said yesterday, after completing a divisive review of high-rise projects across the city that saw rule-breaking developers told to amend their designs. The new regulations have already been shared with industry association and will be made public once they have been approved by the Yangon […]

Farmers fence off government land

Farmers who have fenced off government-owned land in Yangon Region which they say rightfully belongs to them may soon be facing legal action, according to the regional Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development. On empty plots of land in Yangon that the government says it owns but that it does not use, farmers and […]

Thilawa interest coming from Japan

Over half of the 42 companies that have committed to building in Thilawa special economic zone are Japanese firms, according to U Myint Zaw, general manager of Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development. While there are currently no factories up and running at the site, construction is moving forward and some of the factories ought to be […]

More high-rise projects likely in Yangon suburbs, says MCEA chairman

Yangon’s outer suburbs are likely to become the preferred locations for high-rise residential projects because of high land prices and height restrictions near historic landmarks in the downtown and nearby areas, predicts a leading member of the construction industry. Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs’ Association chairman U Thar Htay said the areas where height restrictions applied were […]