The New Yangon City Project: An Urban Planner’s View

​16 July 18 -  In 1988, Yangon measured about 80 sq. miles (around 207 sq. km). The city has grown in the three decades since then and now covers more than 300 sq. miles (777 sq. km). The author of this article has been in the urban planning field for around 50 years and has never come across another city that has more than tripled in size wit...
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Orchestrating and fine tuning Phase 1

​ I've noticed that lately the debate between developing 'wasteful white elephant' buildings versus the inclusion of shiny skyscrapers and luxury housing in the New Yangon City has been a keen focus for commentators, social media bloggers and the public. Therefore, this is what I will cover in this week's discussion. Laying the Foundation for Tomor...
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The First of Many Town Halls

​ Last Saturday we held our first NYDC town hall meeting. More than 600 attendees and close to 1,000 viewers joining us via Facebook Live, and there were nearly 25,000 views after the event. It is heartwarming to see the level of interest and the desire of the public to want to have a more in-depth understanding of the New Yangon City project. I wo...
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Exclusive: Yangon turns to Power Rangers as blackouts strike

​9 July 18 -  Monsoon doesn't seem to bother the residents of Yangon much. Boys selling snacks by traffic lights open up their umbrellas and continue peddling goods from car to car. A taxi driver chucks a food wrapper into the gutter on the roadside. Litter is causing a flooding problem in the city, the Yangon's Mayor U Maung Maung Soe says, w...
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Kandawgyi Lake Flood Risk Control - Interview with Geologist, U Aye Ko (NEPS)

​ 26 June 18 - Flooding is an obvious problem in Myanmar, mostly in downtown of Yangon and rural regions during monsoon season. Although we desired to live near water, nobody wants to live in flooding. To learn more about these improvements, we interviewed U Aye Ko who is the project leader of the water control system around Kandawgyi Lake. He...
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Myanmar devises roadmap for expansion of Yangon city

​ 24 June 18  - Myanmar's Yangon regional government has formed a new firm to draw up a roadmap to undertake expansion of the financial center to make it a business-friendly and livable city. The first and second phases of the huge project of the New Yangon City Development Company (NYDC), which is fully owned by the regional government, ...
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Concern voiced over industrial pollution of Myanmar’s Hlaing River

23 June 18 - Lab in-charge Dr. Aye Aye Win from Green Land Organization said that there was high content of iron in Hlaing River near Hlinetharyar and Shwepyithar industrial zones because of waste water released from these zones. "We found a high content of iron in the river water. And it is very muddy and contains a high level of siltati...
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The Importance of Town Hall Meetings

​ Since the launch of the New Yangon Development Company (NYDC) in March this year, questions have been raised about the project in the press and social media. It is very encouraging to see the level of interest in this project, both from those who voice support and from those who question some of the choices made by the Yangon Regional Government ...
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​Construction of Dala Bridge still waylaid by disagreements

13 June 18 - Six years after it was mooted, a plan to construct a bridge connecting Dala township in southern Yangon to downtown Yangon has yet to be implemented owing to disagreements about measurements between the Ministry of Construction (MOC) and Myanma Port Authority (MPA), which is under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The ...
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Recent Investors Concerned About Reliability of Contracts Signed with Governments

  The dramatic political winds of change that swept across Malaysia last month were a reminder of the inherent political risk for any investments. Such risk may be amplified when the new government does not uphold the decisions of the previous one – newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that his administration is cancelli...
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Chief Minister of Yangon visited The Netherlands

7 June 18 - To strengthen the ongoing water collaboration between Myanmar and The Netherlands the Chief Minister of Yangon Region, H.E. Phyo Min Thein visited The Netherlands this week with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Environment and Forest, H.E. U Han Htoon and the Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transportation and Communicatio...
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Tha Bar Wa - A sustainable future for industry

This report is published by  World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in partnership with Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association (MFPEA) and Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC).  Tha Bar Wa is a four-year project funded by the European Union (EU) under the SWITCH-Asia Programme, which supports initiativ...
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Government must do a better job managing the impact of growth on Yangon

​4 June 18 -  As Yangon's status as business and logistics hub of Myanmar grows, the regional government, expecting an influx of people and foreign direct investments, has unveiled grand plans to modernise and expand the city. Yet, many of the projects announced have been criticised for being poorly executed and lacking in contingency planning...
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Delivering a Competitive and Equitable Rate of Return

​ Delivering a Competitive and Equitable Rate of Return Frontier markets are high-growth, but are also among the smallest, least mature and least liquid economies. These markets are not developed enough to enter the 'emerging' stage but are growing rapidly and attracting ambitious investors. However, the economic and political fragility of these co...
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Wrap up of Myanmar Community of Practice

28 May 18 - The Water Agency has launched the first Myanmar Community of Practice (CoP), collaborated with YCDC engineering department of water and sanitation on 24 May 2018. Over 50 participants from various organization, including YCDC, MWP, NEPS, MMU, WWF, Wateraid and Myanmar Koei joined this workshop. The CoP ...
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