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Phyo Min Thein and the business of government

The Yangon chief minister’s business ventures, including low-cost housing and Yangon Petrol, were the main talking points from a marathon press briefing on June 5. By YE MON | FRONTIER If there has been one defining feature of U Phyo Min Thein’s tenure as Yangon Region chief minister, it is his eagerness to get involved […]

Yangon inviting foreign help on housing

The Yangon Region government will invite foreign participation in efforts to build more affordable housing, said Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein. The chief minister was speaking at a press conference to brief the media on the regional government’s progress after three years in office. “As Yangon has many industrial zones, many migrants workers are […]

‘Moving Yangon Forward’ towards a better transport system

The question of transportation in Yangon was at the forefront of an event last week. The Moving Yangon Forward: The Urban Mobility Forum held at a hotel in Yangon on February 20 discussed how mobility and transportation in Yangon can be improved to make the city a more inclusive for all. The forum saw the […]

City Loft opens for sale on the back of rising demand for Thanlyin property

Units of City Loft apartments in Thalyin, Yangon, are now open for sale. Developed by Yoma Land Company, the project targets middle-class buyers. City Loft will occupy 22 acres of land in the StarCity compound in Thalyin, another project developed by the Yoma Land. Phase 1 of the project, which is expected to be complete […]

Yoma Land targets middle-income buyers with new property project in Yangon

Yoma Land this month introduced a new real estate project targeted at middle-income earners. The firm, an umbrella branch of Yoma Strategic and First Myanmar Investment Company, on December 21 launched City Loft, a new property project targeting young working professionals. The property will be developed in phases at a 22-acre site within Yoma’s Star […]

Yellow buses from China brighten Yangon’s rush-hour mood

YANGON — One-thousand yellow buses from China are bringing a bit of order to Yangon’s notorious rush-hour traffic — and becoming local symbols of convenience and modernization. As the sun sets in Myanmar’s biggest city and former capital, the streets are packed with taxis and private vehicles, horns blaring. Drivers switch lanes, looking for any […]

Analysis: Yangon Public Losing Patience With Mercurial Chief Minister

Of Myanmar’s 14 state and regional chief ministers, few have seen such highs and lows in terms of their public approval as Yangon’s U Phyo Min Thein. In 2016, the country’s biggest nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, threatened to target him with a nationwide protest after he vowed to wipe the group out. In response, […]

Excel KC Myanmar disqualified from implementing Yangon Payment System for Yangon public transport system

Excel KC Myanmar will no longer be eligible to build and implement a card payments system covering public transportation, the Yangon Regional Government said on April 21. After discussing terms of the contract, the government said Excel KC Myanmar did not have the necessary qualifications to implement the Yangon Payment Services (YPS) system and that […]

Yangon regional government weighing policies to control traffic

The Yangon regional government is currently weighing a car import policy for the region and will announce its decision in due course, U Myint Thaung, regional planning and finance minister, said last week. Policies including permits for individual car importing are now being discussed with Yangon’s chronic traffic problems in mind. The number of vehicles […]

Yangon Transport Authority Declares YBS a ‘Success’ on Its 1st Birthday

YANGON— Yangon transport officials declared the city’s revamped a bus system a “success” on its first anniversary on Tuesday, downplaying what has generally been regarded as a bumpy start. “The Yangon Bus Service has achieved 70 percent of the goals we set,” Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), the body […]