Aung San Suu Kyi Woos Tycoons in Naypyidaw Meet-Up

NAYPYIDAW — State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reassured some of Burma’s most prominent tycoons that their place in Burma’s economy and society was secure, so long as they backed government policy, left themselves open to scrutiny, and “worked for others.” She stressed that her intention was not to dwell on the past, expressing […]

Few ‘condos’ qualify under new law, say experts

The new condominium law – which will grant international buyers access to Myanmar’s real estate market for the first time – has been widely welcomed, but experts say just a handful of properties are initially likely to be eligible. After years of debate between the two houses of parliament, the law was passed on January […]

Construction Business Saddled by Debt, Competition

The construction business, a capital-intensive industry, is struggling as many developers have gone into severe debt, developers said at a conference. At a forum on the situation of the construction industry held at UMFCCI, U Ko Ko Htwe, a major property developer who runs Taw Win Construction Company, claimed, “We are about K20 billion in […]

Construction group calls for Condo Law changes

Weakesses in the new Condominium Law draft should be addressed before the law is passed, according to the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA). The draft law was first introduced to the Pyithu Hluttaw in November 2012. It was expected to be passed in 2013 but has repeatedly been sent back to the drawing board, as […]

Real estate agents warned off dirty money and foreign buyers

Real estate agents have been asked to watch out for attempts to launder money through the property sector and to avoid selling to foreigners or speculators. The Myanmar Real Estate Services Association (MRESA) recently met with international anti-money laundering organisations to discuss the ill-gotten funds that are reportedly laundered through the property sector, said U […]

Low-cost housing should be first priority

Myanmar is well behind target on delivering low-cost housing units to the people who need them most, according to developers. While authorities have commissioned several affordable projects in Yangon, the country’s commercial city still faces a housing shortage, said Cyrus Pun, head of real estate at Yoma Strategic Holdings. He said the government should focus […]

Mango farmers frustrated by money changers in Muse

The Ministry of Commerce is working to arbitrate a Mandalay dispute between mango farmers and the Muse money changers they claim are giving them an unfair deal. Local mango farmers and merchants generally export their produce to nearby China, and often must make use of informal currency brokers in the border city of Muse to […]

A Developer’s Dream: Housing for All

Yangon is a city abuzz with economic activity, as the world rediscovers one of the region’s most promising frontier markets after decades of isolation. With this, however, comes a growing housing crisis, as the city seeks to accommodate its rapidly expanding labor force. Government plans to build 30,000 new low-cost public housing units next year […]