Non-Transparent Contracts in Yangon Region to Be Reviewed

Yangon Region Legislative Assembly legislator Kyaw Zeya from Dagon constituency told Mizzima that the assembly would review and point out the non-transparency of contracts given through nepotism by citing an Auditor-General’s Report for Yangon Region. “These agreements and contracts were made with companies. But these contracts and agreements are non-transparent and were signed without any […]

Three-Fourths of Old YBS Buses Will Be Replaced With New Ones Within Four Months

Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) Secretary Dr.Maung Aung told Mizzima that three fourths of all Yangon Bus System (YBS) city buses would be replaced by new ones within four months. “By the end of May this year, about three fourths of these YBS buses will be new buses though not yet all,” he said. Currently […]

Redrafting of Municipal Law Underway

Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe told Mizzima that they were redrafting the Municipal Law, which has weaknesses, with the assistance of Singaporean legal experts. “It is really shameful. This new Municipal Law is not as good and comprehensive as the law enacted in 1922,” he said, referring to the legislation brought in under British colonial […]

Myanmar media outlets enter new era

After more than a year of civilian rule in Myanmar, the country’s media has started to emerge from a climate of fear and suppression. But as the country’s media sector grows rapidly, there are still challenges facing the industry in this newly opened nation now embracing modern times. “[The] Press Freedom Index’s ranking said that […]

China’s Modern ‘Silk Road’ Plans Discussed at Yangon Meeting

​​ A recent briefing looking at China’s One Belt One Road strategy and Myanmar opportunities was held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon. The Briefing was well attended, with over 100 attendees from companies representing countries such as Japan, Singapore, Australia, China, Malaysia and India. The briefing was arranged and coordinated in conjunction with the […]

YOMA leads the field in quality properties in Yangon

  Cyrus Pun is excited about the prospects for his company’s new real estate development in Yangon. As Head of Real Estate and Executive Director of YOMA Strategic Holdings Limited, Cyrus Pun says Myanmar’s real estate market is young. But judging by the quality of the property Lotus Hill that his company is rolling out, […]

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, […]

Support is better than protection, government’s new economic policy

“Our government will not give favour to anyone and there will be no discrimination. We will give all Myanmar nationals equal opportunity.” Union Minister of Planning and Finance Kyaw Win said at a meeting held at Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on 13 June, the meeting was held for […]

German ambassador says investor sentiment, Myanmar relations could improve under new govt

German Ambassador Mr. Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch talked to Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint about the long history of German-Myanmar relations, the hurdles to investment, and the hopes for the incoming government. Mizzima: Today we had a new parliament dominated by the National League for Democracy. So how do you view the changes, or the reforms, that have […]

The many faces of Yangon, revealed on Facebook

A photographic project featuring the people of New York has inspired a group of Yangon teenagers to capture images of a diverse range of the city’s residents. The “Humans of New York” project started in November 2010 with a target of collecting 10,000 portraits of city dwellers and has become a social media phenomenon, with […]