Thiri Mingalar Shut-Down Order Draws Focus on Yangon’s Traffic, Car-Park Shortage Problems

Car brokers are lobbying for the government to provide an alternative compound at Mingalardon Township that is large enough and conducive for them to do business. This, after the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) ordered the Thiri Mingalar car centre in Ahlone Township shuttered on August 16. In fact, plans for such a compound to […]

Police Step Up Crack Down on ATM Card Fraud

Local banks are teaming up with the Myanmar Police Force to crack down on il­legal cash withdrawals by counterfeit ATM cards, according to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Naypyidaw. In a steamed effort to stop criminals from de­frauding Myanmar ATMs, police are installing CCTV cameras around cash machines, increasing levels of security, and even […]

World Bank pumps in $100m to halt floods in Yangon

Yangon Region Minister U Phyo Min Thein said a study on how to address the floods in Yangon is ongoing, partly using the $100 million aid. Currently, drains in the Yangon City are becoming narrow and low amid increasing population and increasing rainfall, he said in a recent meeting with the vice president and the […]

Quezon City seals sister-cities pact with Myanmar’s Yangon City

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 3 (PIA)–Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the mayor of Yangon City in Myanmar binding the two Southeast Asian cities into a “sisterhood agreement”. Mayor Maung Maung Soe signed in behalf of the Yangon City Development Committee, the administrative body of the former capital and […]

Ma Hta Tha awaits green light to replace old buses

Despite the Yangon Region Chief Minister’s promise to be rid of old passenger buses that have been deemed unsuitable for Yangon city, an authority from Yangon’s public transport regulatory body said the plan had yet to be officiated. Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein has verbally agreed to remove the ban on 19 June at a […]

Dagon City Saga – A vote of confidence in the future of Yangon City as a livable heritage city

Shwedagon Pagoda is the defining landmark in the City Center – no high-rise is allowed within a 1.6 km radius Source of photo: Airpano.com I am a Singaporean who runs a business consultancy in Myanmar since early 2013. I think most foreigners have very little understanding of what goes on in Myanmar. I have seen […]

Multimillion-dollar Chinese companies not listed as top taxpayers

Chinese companies that are attempting to invest Ks 7 trillion in New Yangon City were not listed on this year’s top tax-payers list. Myanmar Setana Myothit Public Co is owned by a Chinese entrepreneur and was planning to develop the Yangon Myothit Project. The project has never held an open tender, and its details have […]

Ooredoo near to covering all of Yangon

Ooredoo’s coverage now extends to 95 percent of Yangon city, Ooredoo Myanmar CEO Ross Cormack announced at a press conference on October 29. Though a few trouble spots still exist, the company has been working to augment coverage by putting up rooftops and towers, Mr Cormack said. “We have still work to do in Parami […]

Beautiful Aerial Video of Yangon – Shot from low flying Drone

Beautiful aerial video of Yangon City, Shwedagon Pagoda, Central Railway Station and Yangon River. Shot from a drone in April 2014. Courtesy of Yangon Heritage Trust and Aerotonic Need a fast internet connection to view

Property prices skyrocket due to speculation and laundering

The most widely heard analysis is that Myanmar’s real estate and property market has been gradually rising based on two genuine factors. One is the growing demand for housing due to ever increasing population in urban areas and the other is the government’s urban expansion and development of low-cost housing projects. This generally ignores another […]