Investments declined in 2017-18: MIC

Despite an increase in the volume of projects, total investment in value terms fell by around US$900 million in 2017-18 compared to 2016-17, U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), said in Parliament last week. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, Myanmar received $5.7 billion for 222 projects. Around $1 billion of the […]

Construction sector to submit draft Apartment Law to parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar. The MLCA’s Apartment Law seeks to regulate apartment buildings developed on land areas of less than 20,000 sq ft. […]

Education Ministry Suspends Construction of 6,000 New Schools

NAYPYITAW — The Education Ministry has suspended its project to construct about 6,000 educational facilities including basic education schools across the country due to budget constraints. The government had already granted a budget for the project but since new President U Win Myint increased the pay for civil servants in April, the Education Ministry no […]

MPs raise concerns over consequences of Yangon expansion

Since the start of the year, Yangon has announced ambitious plans for expansion and new infrastructure. ‘’The Yangon population will hit 10 million in the next two decades and it can be a mega city by 2040, said Daw Nilar Kyaw of Yangon regional minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation. But while the developments are […]

Parliament approves to borrow US$80 M from ADB

Union Parliament approved to borrow US$80 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for towns along Greater Mekong Sub-region development project. Kyaw Tin, Deputy Minister for Construction said the project is to develop towns located along the East-West Economic Corridor in Greater Mekong Sub-region. The ministry chose Hpa-an and Myawady from Kayin State and Mawlamyaing from […]

Yangon under pressure to solve car park shortage

The Yangon Region government has once again come under pressure to solve the chronic shortage of parking space in the city. It will now take action against those responsible for leaving containers in car parks meant for public use, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said in Parliament last week. In Yangon, some have been […]

Construction sector under threat from high tax, interest rates

Unreasonably high tax and interest rates could lead to the collapse of Mandalay’s already ailing construction sector, U Shein Win, vice chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) told The Myanmar Times last Friday. Capital gains tax on the sale of a property in Myanmar is currently 30 percent, which is deterring activity in […]

MOEE to Provide 3,600 MW of Additional Power in Four Years

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) has pledged to provide an additional 3,600 megawatts of electricity within the next four years, Deputy Minister Dr. Tun Naing said in Parliament Monday. The announcement comes after an MOEE study revealed that electricity consumption in Myanmar is expected to reach 5,774MW by 2021-22 from 3,189MW in 2017-18. […]

Guiding Drug Law Reform in Myanmar

A draft bill amending Myanmar 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law was published in newspapers in March 2017 for public consultation. It was subsequently discussed in the upper house of Parliament (Amyothar Hluttaw) on 16 August 2017. The draft bill introduces important changes to Myanmar drug law. Most significantly, it intends to place public […]

Ministry, NGOs cooperating on education reform

At yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw, Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun said the ministry is conducting educational reform by cooperating with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in sectors and sub-sectors. The Deputy Minister was responding to a question by U Mahn Law Moung of Constituency 8 in Chin State […]