Construction sector to submit draft Apartment Law to parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar. The MLCA’s Apartment Law seeks to regulate apartment buildings developed on land areas of less than 20,000 sq ft. […]

Chinese hotpot chain to arrive in Myanmar by year’s end

YOMA Strategic will launch Myanmar’s first franchise restaurant, Little Sheep, later this year. Little Sheep originated from China’s Inner Mongolia Province in 1999 and now has 300 outlets across 120 regions. A subsidiary of Yum China Holdings, the Baotou-headquartered restaurant chain is renowned for its hotpot broth made from a wide variety of herbs and […]

Yoma Strategic, Pernod Ricard announce JV, target leadership in Myanmar’s whisky industry

Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. (“Yoma Strategic”) and Pernod Ricard have announced that they intend to form a joint venture company which will focus on the production and distribution of whisky in Myanmar. Pernod Ricard will install an internationally experienced management team and become the largest shareholder in the new company. The remaining equity will be […]

China’s climate aid flows into Myanmar

Than Bayar Khon village sits nested in the foothills of the Bago Yoma forest in central Myanmar. The low mountains, once heavily forested with teak and valuable tropical timbers, are now rapidly balding. Despite being only a few kilometres from the major highway connecting the port city of Yangon with the capital Naypyidaw, the three […]

Banks in Myanmar will adopt UnionPay Chip Card standard

The Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) and UnionPay International (UPI) have collaborated to implement a common UnionPay chip card standard in the country. The UnionPay chip card standard complies with the global EMV chip card standard, and will be adopted by all banks operating in Myanmar. The UnionPay chip card standard emerged as the standard of […]

Mandalay’s Chanmyashwepyi Bus Terminal to be upgraded

MANDALAY City Development Committee plans to improve the Chanmyashwepyi (Kywesekan) Bus Terminal located about 10 km (8 miles) central Mandalay, before the end of this year. The M-development Corporation Myanmar will improve the 14.2-acre bus terminal through the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) system. The project will start after an agreement is signed between the […]

Water express tender imminent

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list 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 […]

Contractors association bands together with YCDC grievances

Over 500 of Yangon’s licensed building contractors met last week to debate forming an industry association, which will have a long list of policy complaints to take to Yangon City Development Committee. The city’s contractors are banding together partly in anticipation of new YCDC regulations, and believe an industry association will make it easier for them […]

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 – […]

Mandalay marble miners protest planned wildlife sanctuary

Marble miners have hit back against a bid to establish a wildlife sanctuary that they say could close down one of the country’s major export industries. The Yatkansintaung religious association is advocating for quarries to be closed and replaced by a wildlife reserve, while the Myanmar Federation of Mining Associations (MFMA) says the mines in […]