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Yangon’s New Water Bus Lets Commuters Sail Around Gridlock

YANGON — Residents of Yangon who are fed up with increasingly heavy road traffic can now take to the city’s iconic river for a more comfortable commute. A recently launched water bus system is expected to reduce the city’s congestion, though tourists appear to be the main beneficiaries so far. Since ancient times, the Yangon […]

Myanmar’s flagship industrial park ready for takeoff

YANGON — Myanmar’s first industrial park has grown into a thriving hub of foreign investment in its first two years, in a country seeking to catch up quickly with its more industrialized Southeast Asian peers. During the two years since it opened in September 2015, the Thilawa industrial park in a suburb of Yangon, the […]

ADB eyes greater role in Myanmar road, port projects

MANILA — The Asian Development Bank will help Myanmar modernize its transportation infrastructure, such as roads and ports, seeing public-private partnerships as key to promoting projects. The Manila-based multilateral lender will serve as an adviser assisting the Myanmar government in such matters as drawing up plans, selecting contractors and procuring funds. The arrangement will be […]

Myanmar industrial park set to grow

YANGON — Myanmar’s first modern industrial park, developed in partnership with Japan, is due for a roughly 30% expansion as early as 2018. Building out the Thilawa industrial park is estimated to cost around 5 billion yen ($48.1 million). Opened in September 2015, the park is now 90% under contract. Construction of the park kicked […]

Foreign money flows into Myanmar

YANGON — Foreign companies are making a full-fledged inroads into Myanmar, spurred by rising wages in Thailand and other neighbors and the establishment of industrial parks there. This year is expected to bring the greatest amount of investment by Japanese and other foreign firms in Myanmar’s history, but many problems remain to be solved, including […]

Investors Needed to Link New Hanthawaddy Airport to Yangon

Financial backing from the private sector is needed to link Burma’s proposed new international airport at Hanthawaddy with Rangoon, the country’ biggest city, government officials said. “We propose a highway and a high-speed train to Yangon,” Kyaw Soe, an official at the Department of Civil Aviation, told The Irrawaddy. Unable to put a number on […]