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Grab to launch three new ride-hailing services in Myanmar this year

Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing giant Grab has announced plans to introduce three new ride-hailing services in Myanmar this year after posting “substantial growth” in the local market in 2018, according to a company announcement. Grab Myanmar acting country manager Alvin Loh revealed that the company will focus on expanding three new ride-hailing services in the capital […]

‘Moving Yangon Forward’ towards a better transport system

The question of transportation in Yangon was at the forefront of an event last week. The Moving Yangon Forward: The Urban Mobility Forum held at a hotel in Yangon on February 20 discussed how mobility and transportation in Yangon can be improved to make the city a more inclusive for all. The forum saw the […]

The road to taxi reform – can ride-hailing apps help fix the market?

Duncan Burry notes the promise ride-hailing apps hold for Myanmar’s future. Hello Cabs, Myanmar’s first ride-hailing app, was launched in Yangon in August of 2015. Oway Ride, a local rival, was not far behind, launching in February 2016. And then two large international players were launched in 2017: Grab in March and Uber in May. […]

Uber, Grab do things a little differently in Yangon

Uber Technologies and Grab, two of the biggest names in the ride-hailing business, are rapidly expanding in Myanmar’s largest city, where the spread of smartphones is unlocking big opportunities. Yangon’s authorities appear to have rolled out the welcome mat for them, viewing the services as a way to improve the city’s underdeveloped transport infrastructure. Going […]

Uber and Grab are bringing Southeast Asia’s taxi on-demand war to Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s ridesharing war is spreading to a new frontier after rivals Grab and Uber revealed plans to expand into Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Singapore-based Grab announced its launch in the country today, its first new market expansion in nearly three years, to take it to seven markets… but its U.S. rival […]

Internet ventures blooming in Myanmar

Internet startups offering such services as car-hailing and payments are attracting many consumers in this booming economy, and the sector is expected to evolve further with a smartphone boom and improving infrastructure. In the largest Myanmar city of Yangon, where traffic volume is shooting up, taxis carrying the logo of “Oway Ride” are a growing […]

Yangon rail system to get upgrade

Tourists visiting Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, could lose one of the star attractions of the former capital after the railway that encircles the city is upgraded with the help of Japanese investment. While the responsibility for upgrading the 46 km (28.5 miles) of track that makes up the Yangon Circular Railway rests with Myanmar Railways, […]

Asia Frontier Capital Research Trip To Yangon In Myanmar

My last trip to Yangon was a little over two years ago. When arriving at the airport nothing has changed since then – just the immigration staff became more efficient – or maybe their computers are newer and thus faster? Last time it took the staff over 5 minutes to handle one person and fortunately […]

MAMDA Eyes to Organise Standalone Auto Traders

The Myanmar Automobile Manufacturers and Distributors Association (MAMDA) has opened a regional sub association for Yangon region in a bid to develop a more organised auto trading sector with the participation of the public. Although many people in Myanmar engage in auto dealing as middlemen, only a few are fully informed about the fast changing […]

Regulations and Price Reduced for Yangon City Taxis

The regulations and price for the registration of City Taxies have been reduced, according to an official from auto regulatory body Ma Hta Tha. U Hla Aung, chairman of Ma Hta Tha, said that registration and renewal fees cost K3,000 for registration and an additional charge K11,500 for taking photos and adhering stickers previously, but […]