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Construction of Yangon’s Outer Circular Road to Begin by Year End

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction has announced it will construct two circular roads inside and outside Yangon with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Construction of the outer road is to be divided into four phases and will start with the eastern section, according to U Kyi Zaw Myint, deputy director general of […]

Japan-backed bridge project begins in Yangon

Construction of a Japan-funded bridge in Myanmar, seen as a symbol of competing interests between China and Japan, kicked off Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. The bridge, funded by a ¥31 billion (K427.5 billion) low-interest loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, will be constructed over the Bago River […]

On track to meet Yangon’s growing water needs

With the hot season not far away, water shortages are set to become a problem again in many parts of Yangon. According to U Myint Zaw Than, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) deputy head of the Engineering Department for Water and Sanitation, the YCDC supplies water from four sources via a network of pipes. For […]

The wait’s nearly over for foreign insurers

After waiting years to enter the Myanmar market, foreign insurance companies have been told they can expect to be granted operating licences within months. The licences will be issued under an industry liberalisation plan that was delayed for more than a year – a hold-up that the regulator, the Insurance Business Regulatory Board, has defended […]

City Loft opens for sale on the back of rising demand for Thanlyin property

Units of City Loft apartments in Thalyin, Yangon, are now open for sale. Developed by Yoma Land Company, the project targets middle-class buyers. City Loft will occupy 22 acres of land in the StarCity compound in Thalyin, another project developed by the Yoma Land. Phase 1 of the project, which is expected to be complete […]

Foreign insurance firms can give Myanmar’s lagging insurance market a much-needed boost

It has been a long time coming, but foreign insurance companies will soon be able to operate in Myanmar. Plans to liberalise the insurance market in this way were first announced in 2011. But only now has the government given the regulations the go-ahead. It is too late for those companies that left after becoming […]

Is Myanmar Ready to Become a Regional Trade and Supply Hub?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged to promote more than 150 quality infrastructure projects in five nations in the Mekong River subregion—Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos—under a new blueprint, the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation, which will be effective from 2019 to 2021. Japan and China are competing for influence in Southeast […]

Corporate Japan urges Myanmar to address business concerns

The most senior Japanese business leader in Myanmar urged the government to recognise how liberalisation, efficient bureaucracy and reliable power supply allowed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract considerable investments. He also warned that current restrictions placed on foreign firms in the retail and wholesale sector are already “the maximum” but commended the ministry’s […]

Suzuki launches new Swift, targets younger buyers

Suzuki Myanmar Motor Company yesterday launched its latest generation Suzuki Swift in the country. The new Suzuki Swift is the Japanese car maker’s global flagship compact car and the third generation of the model which was assembled locally under the semi-knocked-down system. Since 1998, Suzuki has operated a factory in South Dagon township, Yangon. Earlier […]

Calls out for investments in China-Myanmar border economic zone

Union Minister for Commerce Dr Than Myint has called on local entrepreneurs to invest in a border economic zone project in China-Myanmar. “The government has a plan to implement other economic zones. During Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s tour to China last year, a contract was signed on the establishment of trading and […]