Suu Kyi’s dilemma over Myanmar energy mix

YANGON — When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy was swept into power in 2015, economic development was a key priority and the fledgling government’s social and environmental stance seemed tailor-made for foreign investors. But few foresaw the complexity of adhering to core environmental principles while also dragging a long-neglected economy into the […]

Suu Kyi’s man in Yangon under fire over transit deal with China

Aung San Suu Kyi’s first major infrastructure project could hardly be more visible – hundreds of new yellow buses now plying the streets of Yangon in what her ruling party hopes will be a potent symbol of how it is transforming peoples’ lives. But two deals to import 2,000 buses from China estimated at more […]

MIC invites companies to submit proposals to build dry ports, bonded warehouses

Myanmar Investment Commission has invited companies to submit proposals to build dry ports and bonded warehouses on the other bank of the Yangon River, Planning and Finance Minister Kyaw Win has said. Kyaw Win said this while speaking at a seminar held at the office of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce […]

Myanmar blackouts recall darker days

Power outages underline concerns over competence of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government Darker days: Myanmar is short of power – and confidence in the government A wave of power cuts in Myanmar has riled residents and fuelled a wider frustration in business and politics about the pace of change under Aung San Suu Kyi’s 14-month-old […]

‘Prison Made Me Mature’: says Phyo Min Thein Yangon Chief Minister

Yangon dominates Myanmar. Whilst Naypyidaw, 320km to the north, has been the capital for the past 11 years, this vibrant port city with its traffic-clogged streets, fading colonial splendour and the serene beauty of the Shwedagon Pagoda continues to enthral the nation. As Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) mark […]

Uber, Hot on the Heels of Grab, Begins Trial in Yangon

Ride-hailing giant Uber launched a trial version of its services in Yangon last week, a little over a month after Singapore-based ri­val Grab launched its own trial service in Myanmar’s largest city. The move by the silicon valley based firm comes as competition in Myan­mar’s nascent ride-shar­ing sector heats up, with both local and interna­tional […]

Yangon Braced for Hot-Season Power Cuts

​​ Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Region’s minister of electricity, industry, roads and communications, says the city is expected to suffer regular blackouts during the hot season.  Some townships in Yangon are reporting regular power outages. “In Thingangyun Township, there was a power outage last night. It lasted about one hour,” said a resident.   Kyaw Win, union minister […]

Yangon Plans Deep Sea Port

​​ Yangon Region’s government is making surveys to build a deep seaport, chief minister Phyo Min Thein announced on February 25. “The transport network in Yangon Region is important. It faces the sea but we cannot make the use of it. So we are conducting a survey to build a deep seaport. All harbours in […]

Yangon new bus system gets moving

The residents of Myanmar’s main commercial city are slowly adjusting to the new transport system, introduced nearly a month ago by the region’s chief minister. “It was chaos to begin with, but now we’re getting used to it,” office worker Mi Mi Chan told Asia Focus as she waited to catch her bus to work […]

Yangon to Draw up Master Plan for Energy, in Push for Foreign Investment

​​ A master plan for electricity and energy for the Yangon Region is going to be drawn up with foreign and local investment invited for power distribution once the law for electricity has been completed, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has revealed. Last year, the government lost some […]