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Yangon’s smart-parking tender to be out this month

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is setting out a tender for a smart-parking system this month in a move to curb indiscriminate parking that has often been blamed for the traffic woes of the country’s commercial capital. The secretary of the road and bridge subcommittee of the YCDC, U Lin Khaing, said a tender […]

How Myanmar aims to stimulate investment in tourism

Myanmar is looking to capitalise on a recent tourism rebound and stimulate more investment in the sector, following efforts to improve access to credit for smaller operators. On May 6 the first branch of the Myanma Tourism Bank (MTB) opened in Yangon. This is the country’s first bank dedicated to supporting the tourism and hospitality […]

Yangon Airport handles 2.32m passengers through April

Yangon International Airport served 2.32 million passengers in the first four months of the year, a number that increased 4.2 percent from 2.22 million passengers in the same period last year, according to the airport. The reason for the growth in traffic was the addition of routes and destinations a few months ago, said Ho […]

University students take next step with ride-sharing app

Four tech-savvy students from universities in Yangon put their heads together to develop Lan Kyone, a ride-sharing application that helped students hitch rides to get to school on time. Now, the Lan Kyone app is being modified, upgraded and expanded for commercial ride-sharing. As it was at first aimed at university students, there was no […]

An electric bus leapfrog for a cleaner, healthier Yangon?

More cars, buses and trucks on the roads are driving air pollution higher in Yangon. In 2018, a team of Japanese and Myanmar researchers found the city had unhealthy levels of what scientists call PM2.5 – soot 100 times thinner than a human hair. According to their article, published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, […]

Big future for bicycles in Yangon

After being employed at a new job for eight months in an office in Tamwe, Yangon, Ko Tin Htoo Aung decided to buy an e-bike. “I bought it because I thought it would be much better than riding on crowded buses,” he said about his decision to spend of K250,000 (US$163) on his electric bicycle. […]

Rail, bus travel around Yangon set for major upgrade

The Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) will soon run a circular bus services from Aung Mingalar Highway bus terminal as the Yangon government quietly boosts its water, power, road and traffic infrastructure around the city. The agency said the move is aimed at further improving the connectivity within Yangon. The new circular buses will ply […]

Mandalay govt to make regional laws more responsive

Authorities are looking into amending Mandalay’s City Development Law to make it more responsive to the needs of the people. The law was first enacted in 2014 and after the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) came into power in 2016 it amended the law by holding elections for the municipal committee members. Over the […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely […]

India, Myanmar discuss connectivity projects; to ink pact for seamless cargo, traffic movement

India and Myanmar on Friday discussed various projects to enhance bilateral connectivity, besides agreeing to ink a pact for seamless movement of cargo and traffic, an official statement said. Myanmar Minister for Communication and Transport U Thant Sin Maung called on Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari here. Both the leaders discussed the […]