Myanmar hires China Communications to survey bold new city

Myanmar’s plans to build a city twice the size of Singapore took a step forward this week with the signing of a framework agreement with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) to conduct preconstruction surveys as a prelude to the $1.5bn first phase of the scheme. It may not be CCCC, a huge state-owned company, who […]

Inland Port Project to be Implemented in Hlaing Tharyar Township

Yangon Regional Government is planning to implement an inland port in Hlaingtharyar Township to streamline transportation of goods using waterways. The project is being planned near the Nge Pin Le industrial zone and A Le village in Hlaingtharyar Township, but the regional government has not mentioned a proposed completion date. The project is called the […]

Yangon mulls construction of sea port at river

Plans to build an international sea port at the mouth of the Yangon River, which will be strategic for Myanmar and its neighbours, are underway, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said yesterday at the meeting with Vice President held at Republic of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UMFCCI). “Singapore has […]

Yangon provides timeline, details of new projects

The Yangon Region Government will this year commence development of several new projects including the construction of two new townships and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Yangon under the city’s Urban Development Master Plan. Among the projects slated for 2018 are two new townships – Kyee Myin Daing and Dala- as well as an […]

Uncertainty on the Waterfront

In recent years, downtown Yangon has become a cool place to hang out, its history written on the walls of its picturesque old buildings, its streets filled with hipster cafes and trendy boutiques. Photographers often turn this area into their sets, posing models on trishaws against the backdrop of the Yangon River at sunset. Some […]

Myanmar considers direct imports, new infrastructure to lower domestic fuel costs

The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and Myanmar Petroleum Trade Association (MPTA) have suggested that Myanmar directly import fuel oil from oil exporting countries in Asia. The move took place during a meeting with U Win Khine, Minister of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) at the UMFCCI […]

Yangon’s New Water Bus Lets Commuters Sail Around Gridlock

YANGON — Residents of Yangon who are fed up with increasingly heavy road traffic can now take to the city’s iconic river for a more comfortable commute. A recently launched water bus system is expected to reduce the city’s congestion, though tourists appear to be the main beneficiaries so far. Since ancient times, the Yangon […]

Yangon Seeks to Upgrade its Ports

Yangon Region Government Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said that his government was trying to upgrade the existing ports in Yangon and building new ones for the development of trade. He said at the meeting with businessmen and the Vice-President on November 24 that they were doing this works as Myanmar had good opportunities if […]

Yangon factories told to treat water or else

The government warned factories to treat their wastewater properly before disposing it into rivers or face penalties, including closure of their facilities. In Yangon Region’s 24 industrial zones alone, there are 3474 factories but only 188 have proper wastewater treatment facility, said U Saw Win Maung, deputy head of Pollution Control and Cleaning Department (PCCD) […]

Yangon chief minister a rising star and ‘very sharp’ politician

In Myanmar’s personality-driven politics, few people get as much attention as its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi or its powerful commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. Yangon’s Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein is another person who has hardly stayed out of the public eye since the National League for Democracy (NLD) came to power last year. […]