Ministry of Construction, Request for expressions of Interest, Flooding and Landslide Emergency Recovery Project (FLERP), Submission Date: 9 July 2018.

IDA Credit 5889 – MM Assignment Reference Number: C1-C2-MOC- CS- 01 Assignment Title: Rural Roads and Highways Design and Supervision (Consulting) Firm Lot Project Office Project Site Contracting Agencies Lot 1 DOH project office Nay Pyi Taw Rakhine and Chin States Department of Highways Lot 2 DRRD project office Nay Pyi Taw Ayeyarwaddy, Bago, Magway, […]

About 50 pc of tourist trips cancelled, suspended last year

At the instigation of some western media about Rakhine situations, about 50 per cent of tourist trips were cancelled and suspended last year, said Ohn Maung, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism, at a coordination meeting on tourism development and the smooth operation of tourist entry, exit and visit, in Nay Pyi Taw on June […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

Myanmar achieves 32.82-pct matriculation exam pass rate for 2017-2018 academic year

YANGON, June 3 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has achieved a pass rate of 32.82 percent of matriculation examination held nationwide for the 2017-2018 academic year, declining from 2016-2017 academic year when it was registered at 33.89 percent, Myanmar News Agency reported Sunday. A total of 789,845 students sat for the matriculation exam across the country in […]

Mandalay to rethink wheel tax collection

The Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has announced it will rework the collection of tolls and the wheel tax on vehicles without opening a new tender for the last six months of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Tolls are one of MCDC’s most lucrative sources of income. Revenue from toll gate collection exceeds K15 billion (US$10.95 […]

Myanmar reviews $9bn China-backed port project on cost concerns

Myanmar’s government is reviewing a $9bn deepwater port project backed by China over concerns it is too expensive and could ultimately fall under Beijing’s control if Myanmar were to default on its debt. Two people with direct knowledge of the discussions within Aung San Suu Kyi’s government said that economic officials were looking for ways […]

On the road to tourism success

Ken Leong is a pragmatist who would not waste time on something unless he can make substantive enough contributions and gain from it. But there’s always something that fascinates him about Myanmar – the resilience and friendliness of its people and their unique charming cultures, as well as the refreshing natural topography despite being in […]

Hotel occupancy rate along Ngapali beach declines by 11 percent

Although there have been more than 900 hotel rooms along the Ngapali Beach in Thandwe, Rakhine State, decreased number of visitors made the average occupancy rate decline by 11 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to a property report (2017) published by Colliers International (Myanmar) based in Canada. Last year saw only […]

Collier Property Report – Ngapali Hotel & Resort Q1 2018

Loyal Guests Buoy Occupancy in Select Hotels   Political upheavals surrounding the state have taken a toll on the region’s most famous beach destination. In 2017, hoteliers in Ngapali witnessed sluggish demand as foreign booking cancellations became noticeable. Nevertheless, occupancy levels remained relatively healthy in older developments. Continuous arrivals from unaffected seasoned foreign travellers and […]

India starts construction of ₹1,600-cr Mizoram-Myanmar Kaladan road

After years of delay, India finally kicked off the construction of the 109-km road project that connects Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui on the Mizoram border in Myanmar, as part of the $484-million Kaladan Multimodal project. But completing it by2019 will be a herculean task. The ₹1,600-crore road project that passes through dense forests and […]