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Myanmar’s Planning and Finance Minister Submits Resignation

NAYPYITAW — Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win has submitted his resignation to the president amid reports that he is being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI), sources close to the matter told The Irrawaddy. Since last week, news reports have circulated alleging that the minister and his […]

Construction sector under threat from high tax, interest rates

Unreasonably high tax and interest rates could lead to the collapse of Mandalay’s already ailing construction sector, U Shein Win, vice chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) told The Myanmar Times last Friday. Capital gains tax on the sale of a property in Myanmar is currently 30 percent, which is deterring activity in […]

Centralising Taxi Operations to Ease Congestion

The Yangon Region government would be implementing a new scheme under which taxis would be managed by taxi service operators, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, regional minister of electricity, industry and transportation, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the country’s commercial capital. The minister said there were 80,000 taxis running on the road all […]

No Easy Way to Improve Myanmar’s Economy, Experts Say

NAYPYITAW — The National League for Democracy (NLD)’s economic advisor U Myo Myint blamed a legacy of inept bureaucracy, deep-rooted corruption, military control, and a lack of cooperation among ministries for his party’s poor economic performance. “The lack of cooperation is a big challenge. As there is no cooperation between the government departments, [the NLD] […]

Construction and Real Estate Sectors Pin 2017 Hopes on New Legislation

​​ The construction sector will be glad to see the back of 2016 – a year in which a political transition, a high-rise review and a volatile currency conspired to leave many developers battered and bitter. But there were also signs of a fragile recovery in the real estate market, and new laws set to […]

Analysts Say 2016 is the Worst Year for Rangoon Construction Sector

​​ RANGOON — Rangoon’s construction market faced its hardest year in 2016, as a result of changing government policies during a market cooldown, say critical industry observers. During the best development years, 2005 to 2014, high-end condominiums and low-cost apartments sprung up around Rangoon, construction and real estate observers said. As the market neared its […]

New car imports on hold until public transport system improved: YRTA

People hoping to have the ban on new car imports to Yangon lifted will have to wait until improvements have been made in public transport, an official from the YRTA has confirmed. New car imports for personal use were suspended in April when the government told township officials to stop issuing recommendation letters, which recognise […]

YCDC drafts new rules for building permits

Yangon City Development Committee has finished amending its building permit regulations, its secretary said yesterday, after completing a divisive review of high-rise projects across the city that saw rule-breaking developers told to amend their designs. The new regulations have already been shared with industry association and will be made public once they have been approved by the Yangon […]

Yangon authorities appear to backtrack over high-rise review

Yangon city authorities appear to have come down on the side of angry developers in the row over the suspension of 222 projects either under construction or at the planning stage. Following a city-wide review of project designs, the suspension was ordered because the buildings reportedly violated draft zoning regulations. However, the draft in question has yet […]

Yangon high-rise review will cause bankruptcies, developers say

Twelve developers ordered by the government to reduce the scale of their high-rise residential projects in Yangon said yesterday that the review – which includes a total of 185 projects – could cause up to US$6 billion in losses and force many companies out of business. The developers held a joint press conference in Yangon […]