Yangon bus system overhaul set to start

​​ Yangon’s infamous public bus system – where commuters are dragged by callous conductors onto ageing vehicles operated by drivers with scant regard for road safety – is about to change. A long-awaited transformation of the bus network, which some 80 percent of the commercial capital’s 2.8 million daily commuters depend upon, will begin at […]

Public transport to be prioritised in Yangon urban development plan

Changes are planned on the ground, on the water and on the rails. To improve public transport in Yangon, approximately eight public bus companies will be established, with Public Transport Control Center and Traffic Control Center to oversee the bus system. In addition, the circular railway system is will be upgraded. Also, bidding for the […]

Yangon Region Cabinet sues CEO Dr Than Tun Aung and Eleven Media Group for Libel

Dr Than Tun Aung, the CEO of Daily Eleven and Eleven Media Group, has been sued under the telecommunications law by the Yangon Region cabinet for libel, according to U Phyo Min Thein, chief minister of the cabinet. The article that prompted the legal action was titled, “One year after the election,” published in the […]

Govt urges UMFCCI to Take on Larger Role in Drawing FDI, Supporting SMEs

Senior government officials have called on Myanmar’s peak business body to step up and provide both a conduit for foreign investors and a representative for small local businesses, as the country’s economy seeks new strides in liberalisation. Speaking to over a 1000 businesspeople at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry […]

Water express tender imminent

The Yangon Region government will call a tender before the end of this month for private companies interested in providing river transport services, U Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), said. The regional government’s chief minister U Phyo Min Thein announced atransport reform initiative covering roads, railways and waterways in July. The […]

Yangon bus committee plans PPP transformation to operate new lines

The Yangon Region Bus Control Committee is forming a public-private partnership (PPP) company and has applied to be one of several such firms that will run bus lines as part of an overhaul of the city’s public transportation system, committee chair U Min Zaw told The Myanmar Times. He said the new company will be called […]

Yangon’s peripheral townships lack funding, says chief minister

The Yangon Region chief minister said this week that he hopes to support development in 12 townships that sit outside the Yangon City Development Committee’s jurisdiction, and create jobs for people at the edges of the city. U Phyo Min Thein told a meeting of young entrepreneurs on August 1 that more funding is needed for the […]

Yangon to develop river transport express system

The Yangon Region government is planning to build a river express system for passengers – part of fundamental transport reforms that government officials hope will bring a new wave of industrial goods and commuters onto the country’s waterways. Myanmar is unique in Southeast Asia in boasting waterways – primarily the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin rivers – […]

YCDC members accept termination

In a sudden reversal less than 24 hours after staging a power grab, Yangon City Development Committee members have agreed to step down. City Hall has been thrown into turmoil since Mayor U Maung Maung Soe announced revisions to the by-laws governing the committee, effectively truncating the terms of currently serving members. The mayor’s amendment […]

Yangon zoning plan expected this year

Yangon’s zoning plan will finally go from draft to law this year, YCDC officials said earlier this week. The city plan was first drawn up in 2013 by a working committee with recommendations from urban planners and representatives from YCDC, the Ministry of Construction, Yangon Heritage Trust, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Japan […]