‘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 […]

Yangon Government Looks to Uber as it Sets Sights on Taxi System

​​ After whittling down the number of Yangon’s bus-lines last month, the Yangon regional government has unregistered taxis in its sights as part of efforts to decongest Yangon’s city streets. To curtail the increas­ing numbers of unregis­tered taxis in Yangon, the regional government is eyeing at a two-pronged approach that would see the creation of […]

Computer Problem Hurts Squatters List Compilation in Dagon Seikkan

​​ YANGON- The government started compiling a list of squatters from Dagon Seikkan Township, Yangon Region, at the Yuzana Garden Housing Sale Centre and Panintayarma Monastery in Dagon Seikkan Township on Tuesday, said MP Nyi Nyi from the No 1 Constituency of Dagon Myothit (South). The squatters list will be completed in two to three. […]

Avoid Gambles: Yangon Chief Minister

​​ According to Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein, businesses should avoid high-risk investments as more major projects develop. At a meeting between Vice President Myint Swe and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Phyo Min Thei claimed that a deep water port project, a special economic zone and a new city development plan would soon be unveiled. He cautioned against businesses building […]

Challenges to squatter registration project submitted to Yangon chief minister

A pilot project to register squatters living in Yangon Region was conducted on September 2 in South Dagon Myothit Township. The project reportedly faced many obstacles such as weaknesses in technological know-how and data collection techniques. “Since yesterday, we collected about 2,000 numbers. The number of squatters increased not because of technical errors but because […]