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Yangon Parliament Urges Regional Govt to Seek Legislature’s Approval for Projects

YANGON—A regional parliament committee that scrutinizes government projects has suggested the Yangon government administration seek the parliament’s approval for 12 projects—worth at least US$10 billion (15.3 trillion kyats)—that the Yangon government aims to build in fiscal 2019-20. The Yangon government submitted a regional planning bill to the parliament last week that includes 149 projects slated […]

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, […]

Yangon Amends Municipal Law, Creates Vice Mayor Position

YANGON — The Yangon regional Parliament has approved amendments to the municipal law that will see a vice mayor elected in a secret ballot. The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC)’s executive board initially consisted of nine members: the mayor, four appointed members and four elected individuals, but it was later expanded to add two elected […]

Construction of new multi-purpose port in Yangon proposed in parliament

A proposal to construct a multi-purpose port in Kawhmu township, southwestern Yangon, was submitted to the Yangon Regional Parliament by U Zaw Aye Maung, Rakhine ethnic minister last week. “Yangon is the gateway to trade and handles up to 95 percent of the country’s imports and exports. The current port capacity in Yangon and Thilawa […]

Whoever Reports Tax Avoidance Will be Awarded 10 Percent of the Fine

The government is planning to award 10 percent of fines to those who report scofflaws who fail to put tax stamps on receipts to the Internal Revenue Department, according to U Myint Thaung, Minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance. He was answering a question submitted to the Yangon Regional Parliament on February 20 […]

Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon growth submitted in Parliament

Yangon’s leaders want to upgrade and promote the city as a business hub for the country. Last week, its mayor, U Maung Maung Soe, submitted draft legislation for the governing and development of the city to the Yangon Regional Parliament. “The draft YCDC Law covers 32 sectors and has 398 sections concerning the development of […]

Architects, Experts Slam Draft Law for Yangon City Development

YANGON—A new draft law governing the development of Yangon has been condemned by architects and urban planners, who say it lacks a long-term vision for Myanmar’s biggest city, as well as safeguards against conflicts of interest involving members of the city’s development authority. Yangon government-appointed experts and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the municipal […]

YCDC to fix pedestrian crossings at markets, schools

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) is to repair pedestrian traffic signals and repaint pedestrian lanes in front of markets and schools, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said. He said some traffic signals, especially along the markets and schools are not function properly or damaged, worsening the traffic congestion, especially during rush hours, and […]

Yangon allocates additional K47 billion budget

The Yangon Regional government allocated K47 billion supplementary budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 to fund several road construction and rehabilitation projects, the regional minister of planning and finance said. U Myint Thanung, regional minister of planning and finance, said the additional budget was necessary since the original estimated regional budget of K424.2 billion was already […]

More flyovers slated for construction in Yangon

YANGON — More flyovers have been planned for construction in Tamwe, 8-mile Junction and Kokine in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, according to the Yangon Regional Government Committee. As special projects of the Yangon Regional Government Committee, three overpasses will be constructed using funds generated by the selling of vacant land for industrial use in Yangon […]