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Japan’s Toyota Tsusho to run Myanmar’s first car auction

Toyota Tsusho Corp., the Toyota Motor Corp. group’s trading arm, will hold Myanmar’s first car auction later this month with local startup Rebbiz Co., with the aim of building a marketplace for used car transactions. T.T.A.S. Co., the official local dealership of Toyota Motor, has said they will host the first such auction in Yangon […]

Startups in Myanmar Land of temples and tech

The startup culture germinates in an unlikely place REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; to the south weather-beaten cargo ships glide up the Yangon River. The […]

No employees, no office, and a handful of cash: how a Burmese entrepreneur’s dream came true

For a country where living standards scrape the bottom of the barrel, it’s hard to imagine that car prices in Myanmar were sky high a decade ago. Thanks to import restrictions imposed by the previous military regime in the early 2000s, a second-hand Toyota van used to cost about K100 million (US$97,000) in Myanmar. According […]