Colliers Property Report – Yangon Retail Q2 2017

Retail Market Faces Bright Future Yangon’s retail scene is undergoing modern transformation. Foreign F&B brands, new technologies, and upbeat designs are defining the trend, and the consumers are strongly embracing these new experiences. Colliers sees a shift towards trendier concepts and that a wider variety of product offerings will be essential for retail developments going […]

Yangon Hot Air Balloon – View from Above

A flight on Yangon’s latest tourist attraction Irarely have the opportunity to a look at Yangon from 220 feet high. Most of the time, as a pedestrian, I look up. At Shwedagon, at Traders Hotel, at Sakura Tower. But recently, for the first time, I saw my city from above. Enter Mingalarbar Balloon, one of […]

Burma Signals for Foreign Investment

NAYPYIDAW — Burma’s businesspeople are expecting foreign investments to help launch their projects after buying thousands of acres across the country to develop industrial zones and large-scale operations, according to the Myanmar Investors Development Association (MIDA). Companies presented their ventures at MIDA’s Myanmar Investment Forum 2017 in Naypyidaw on June 6-7, which attracted mostly Chinese […]

Balloon Facility Will Squeeze out Park Users, Protesters Warn

​​ Around 100 people protested against the helium balloon project planned by Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Company on 11 February, last Saturday. The helium balloon facility is expected to provide tourists with a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of the city, including Kandawgyi Lake and the Shwedagon Pagoda. The protesters, who visit Yangon’s Kandawgyi […]

Yangon MPs Call for Crackdown on Shady Foreign Business Operators

The Yangon Region parliament is considering increasing scrutiny on foreign businesspeople who operate illegally. Parliament debated a proposal from MP U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) on October 10 that would have the government take action against foreign operators of illegal businesses. Regional Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung told parliament that such businesspeople will […]

Kandawgyi Park helium balloon project garners objections

A ballooning plan to provide tourists with a bird’s-eye view of Kandawgyi Park may yet be deflated by lawmakers trying to jettison the proposal. Myanmar Voyages International Tourism Company said it has already secured permission to launch a helium balloon venture above Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake. The chair of the company said the plan will help […]

Illegal foreign-run businesses in Yangon MPs’ crosshairs

Amid much talk of luring outside investment to Myanmar, Yangon Region lawmakers have indicated that they want to see greater scrutiny of foreign operators of illegal businesses in the commercial capital. Regional MPs yesterday approved a proposal to debate cracking down on these foreign entrepreneurs next week. Parliamentarian U Win Maung (NLD; Hlaing Tharyar 1) submitted the […]

Police told not to charge for clearance letters

Police have been ordered to provide criminal clearance letters free of charge, after a forgery ring was uncovered earlier this month in Yangon. The recommendations, which are mostly needed for job applications, are supposed to be given free of charge but officers often expect “tea money” in exchange for the letter. This widely understood practice […]

Epic state auction hushes market

The big sell-off has finally arrived. The Privatisation Commission, charged with auctioning state-owned enterprises, on February 13 released a list of 268 sites that will be sold off nationwide, with a final bid submission date of February 24. There are 157 properties in Yangon up for grabs, including many in Bahan, Yankin, Insein, Hlaing, Mayangone, […]

Myanmar’s oil and gas boom fuels services scramble

YANGON — As economic and political changes brewed in Myanmar four years ago, Yadana Su Hlaing decided it was time to return home after a decade studying and working overseas to help run Smart Technical Services, the Yangon-based oil and gas support services company founded by her father, K.K. Hlaing. Her timing could not have […]