Canadian engagement – Interview with Canadian Ambassador to Myanmar Karen MacArthur

Canada has a growing relationship with Myanmar and recently hosted a visit of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to Ottawa. From the latest statistics, Canada currently has US$202 million invested in Myanmar. Bilateral trade as of 2016 stood at US$92 million, according to Canadian government statistics. In the following interview carried out this […]

Insein GTI to reopen with German help

The 120-year-old Government Technical Institute (GTI) in Insein township, Yangon Region is set to reopen its doors once again and will teach technical and vocational subjects with the help of the German government. U Aye Myint, Director General for the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Ministry of Education (MOE) said the institute […]

Rangoon Survey Reveals Nearly 6,000 Heritage Buildings

RANGOON—An on-going survey conducted by Yangon Heritage Trust has revealed that the former capital has nearly 6,000 heritage buildings across the city. The non-governmental organization advocating for heritage protection in the city has been carrying out the Urban Heritage Inventory since it was founded in 2012. So far it has logged nearly 6,000 heritage buildings—some dating back to […]

Heritage Preservation Potential Boost for Tourism

​​ On March 1, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein posted a clip on Facebook saying that the regional government is preserving around 200 heritage buildings in Yangon. “We are preserving heritage buildings in Yangon numbering about 200 buildings … We also plan to preserve and renovate … the old Ministry of Hotels and […]

Rangoon to Launch Public Waterfront Area in 2017

​​ RANGOON — In an attempt to promote tourism, the Rangoon Division government will open a public downtown waterfront area next year, creating another tourist destination in Burma’s business hub. Situated on the bank of Hlaing River, also known as the Rangoon River, the former capital of Burma boasts a long riverfront, but public access […]

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 […]

Threatened treasures

Smart urban policy planning with an eye on preserving Yangon’s colonial-era and heritage buildings will determine the city’s future – and tourism appeal, writes Xinyi Liang-Pholsena In a region that has lost much of its architectural heritage, Yangon stands out for its intact colonial core, due to years of neglect and stagnancy under the military […]

Harnessing investment into Yangon’s development

The construction market has slowed considerably in Yangon over the past year but developers hope that good times for the industry will return under the new government. When the Union Solidarity and Development Party first took power, development boomed, with high-rises, flyovers, bridges and luxury condominiums built at speed, fuelled by both foreign and local investment. For the […]

Yangon chief minister vows corruption fight

The new chief minister for Yangon region U Phyo Min Thein has promised that his government will clean up corruption over its five-year term. U Phyo Min Thein, a National League for Democracy MP for Hlegu, was nominated yesterday by President-elect U Htin Kyaw and approved by the Yangon Region Hluttaw without objection. Speaking to […]

New Chief Minister of Rangoon Looks to Improve Infrastructure

RANGOON — Rangoon’s new chief minister said Monday he will focus on using local and foreign investment to ramp up the development of infrastructure in Burma’s commercial capital. A lawmaker for Hlegu Township, Phyo Min Thein was appointed Chief Minister of Rangoon by the National League for Democracy (NLD) during a divisional parliament session on Monday. […]