The road to taxi reform – can ride-hailing apps help fix the market?

Duncan Burry notes the promise ride-hailing apps hold for Myanmar’s future. Hello Cabs, Myanmar’s first ride-hailing app, was launched in Yangon in August of 2015. Oway Ride, a local rival, was not far behind, launching in February 2016. And then two large international players were launched in 2017: Grab in March and Uber in May. […]

New marine breeding zones in Twante, Yangon to accelerate GDP growth

The plan will be implemented in the Twante and Yangon areas, he said at the meeting with the vice president and businesses. “The current government is very much interested in the fisheries sector. The sector can contribute immediate benefits for faster GDP growth. So, negotiations are underway to implement a special fisheries project in Twante […]

Taxi service firms compete hard for Yangon’s customers

An aspect of Yangon’s modernisation is the entry and emergence of domestic and international transport operators, namely, Uber, Grab, Oway Ride and Hello Cab, to compete in the taxi service sector. Taxis are one of the commonly used modes of transport in the region, alongside commuter trains and public buses. But taxi service in the […]

Tourism Pro: ‘What We Need Is Stability’

Burma expected to receive at least five million tourists in 2015, but so far there have only been about two million arrivals. This week the Irrawaddy spoke with Aung Myat Kyaw, chairman of the Union of Myanmar Travel Association, about tourism prospects for this year. Estimates have placed tourist figures for this year around five […]

Tin shipments from Myanmar declined in July

The shipments of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar to China declined slightly during the month of July this year. The customs data indicates that Chinese imports from Myanmar during the month totaled 20,095 tonnes in gross weight. BEIJING (Scrap Monster): The Chinese imports of tin ore and concentrate from Myanmar witnessed marginal decline during […]

Halted jade mines to restart

The Ministry of Mines will open four jade mines in Kachin State at the end of the monsoon season, according to a ministry announcement on July 7. The move to reopen the mines comes as the 51st jade emporium in Nay Pyi Taw generated record sales. The four re-opened sites had been closed in 2012 […]