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August 19, 2019

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Yangon to Upgrade Night Market Under PPP Scheme

The Yangon Regional Government is going to upgrade the night market located on Strand Road. It will undertake the project in collaboration with A25 Myanmar Development under a private/public partnership (PPP) scheme.

The K2 billion upgrade plan is going to be implemented in two zones. It will include 90 restaurants with an eight-foot-square footprint each, other shops, and two car parks. The Yangon Regional Government opened the night market on Strand Road in 2016, with the YCDC providing a water, electricity, and drainage system. The government charged shop-owners K 200-500 per night. Shop owners also agreed with the plan to upgrade the night market.

The night market was intended to provide fresh food to visitors, both local and foreign, and it is now in need of an upgrade because the shops are wanting in cleanliness and hygiene.

Source: Myanmar Business Today 

New online building permit system in Yangon goes on live

Image result for construction siteIFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has been supporting the Building Control Authority of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) in efforts to reform the construction permit system and improve the ease of doing business in the city.

The Yangon Building Permit System, an automated, paper-free system, went online on July 1 and will be piloted until the end of the year. The system is estimated to reduce the processing time for 90 percent of the 4000 construction permits submitted yearly from an average of 95 days to 49 days. The new online building permit system, available in English and, Myanmar languages, was custom-built for YCDC. ‘Dealing with construction permits’ is one of the 10 indicators used to determine the Ease of Doing Business index, on which Myanmar now ranks 171 out of 190 countries.

“Compared to other sectors, Myanmar’s construction sector has the highest earning potential. An efficient, transparent, and affordable permit system will enable a conducive business environment in Myanmar,” said Vikram Kumar, IFC Country Manager for Myanmar.

Source: Myanmar Times 

Korea Land and Housing Corp. to Build an Industrial Complex in Myanmar

Image result for The Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex (KMIC)Korea Land and Housing Corp. (LH) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Urban and Housing Development Department (UHDD) of Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction (MOC) and Global Sae-A Co on August 7, 2019, establishing a joint venture to build an industrial complex in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of Myanmar.

The Korea-Myanmar Industrial Complex (KMIC) is the first industrial complex project promoted by LH in the ASEAN region. It will be built on an area of 2,249,000 square meters in Nyaung Hnit Pin, about 10 kilometers north of Yangon city. The project period will be divided into two stages from 2019 to 2024, and the total construction cost is 130 billion won (US$107.45 million).

LH and the Myanmar government will hold a 40 percent stake in the joint venture each and Global Sae-A will own the remaining 20 percent. The joint venture will place an order for the industrial complex design by the end of this year and start construction and attract investments next year.

Source: Business Korea 

Master Plan for New Yangon City Completed

Image result for new yangon cityNew Yangon Development Company Ltd (NYDC) said that the master plan for New Yangon City, which is planned to accommodate 1.2 million people, was recently completed by AECOM. Master plan was drafted in a way to identify the most efficient land use which included infrastructure, economic development, environmental planning, transportation planning, social and cultural planning after conducting a thorough analysis.

NYDC selected one of the three proposed alternate plans prepared by AECOM under the scientific approach of Sustainable Systems Integration Model, which measure the KPIs in four major categories: Connected Neighborhood, Workforce Environment, Sustainable Urban Structure, and Green Infrastructure. Moreover, the proposed transitional zone between the existing villages and the new city development will provide a livable city and satisfy the sustainable development goals.

The role of the master planner for New Yangon City is to create a safe, smart, and livable city for up to 1.2 million habitants, as well as achieve a land-use mix that would lead to the creation of 900,000 jobs by 2050 as per New Yangon City’s Socio-Economic Study, conducted by McKinsey.

Source: Myanmar Business Today 

China-Backed Venture Proposes $800M Development Near Kyaukphyu Seaport

Related imageA Chinese petrochemical giant and a Myanmar firm have jointly proposed to the Rakhine State government the development of nearly US$800 million (1.21 trillion kyats) worth of projects near the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ)’s deep seaport and Ramree Island.

The centerpiece of the proposal is a new logistics terminal on Maday Island situated 10 kilometers east of Kyaukphyu to support the deep seaport project. It also includes a project in Za Yet Pyin Village on Ramree Island called the Sea View Beach, 40 kilometers south of Kyaukphyu District, as well as a US$5 million fishery in the Than Zit River.

Myanmar Bright Prospect International Logistics (MBPIL) held a meeting with Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, which was also attended by several state cabinet members, in Sittwe on June 28. During the meeting, U Ding Ying laid out MBPIL’s plans, including an estimated budget for each project, to the cabinet members, the minister said. MBPIL is joint venture (JV) company established by Chinese firm Yunnan Baoshan Hengyi Industry Group and Myanmar firm Delco. MBPIL officially registered as a foreign company with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) in April 2019.

Source: The Irrawaddy 

More development on the books for Mandalay

Related imageMore funding will be used for Mandalay Region development work in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, said Mandalay Hluttaw (Assembly) MP and regional Project Budget and Finance Committee member U Wine Chit Aung. As the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) has allocated additional funding to regional and state assemblies for fiscal year 2019-2020, more development work can and will be carried out.

More than K17 billion from the 2018 mini-budget and more than K2.7 billion from the 2018-2019 budget have been used so far for development projects. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, more than K27 billion is anticipated to be used for regional development work. The focus in Mandalay will be on electrification projects to bring electricity to rural areas and work to improve roads to improve transportation for rural people. The projected budget to supply electricity to rural areas is more than K12.8 billion in the current fiscal year and more than K16.4 billion for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

After the new Department of Rural Road Development is in place, it will spend K5 billion this fiscal year and more than K8.3 million in 2019-20. Although the government manages the national grid, many villages are yet to be connected to it so more work will be carried out to connect villages to the grid. The Mandalay Region Hluttaw approved an estimated budget for the region of more than K360 billion for fiscal year 2019-2020 on the second day of its 14th regular session.

Source: Myanmar Times 

International standard Myanmar Aquarium targeted to open in 2020 in Yangon

Related imageU Tin Maung Tun of Mottama Development Company, which is implementing the aquarium project, said that Myanmar first international standard aquarium is underway to be opened in 2020. This aquarium is built on the 5 acres of compound of Kandawgyi Park by Mayanmar Aqurium Co.ltd with the permission of Yangon Regional Government. The project was started at the beginning of 2014. It was reported that it is the collaborate effort of Department of Fisheries and Myanmar Aquarium Co., Ltd with long term Loan agreement.

It has been discussed with regional government that when it is open, the admission price will be affordable to everyone besides special prices for the students. “There will be glass tunnels, from which people can see fish above, called Under Water World. For that, there was a lot of security consideration. So, we took international technical assistance. The equipment is customized and cannot be bought in the market, which is why it takes time. Now, the construction of the building has completed. It has yet to be installed Light Sporting System and put fish. We are trying to open in 2020”, U Tin Maung Tun said.

Mottama Development group implementing Myanmar Aquarium Project is now building five international standard aquariums: one on Pyay Road M tower, one at Terminal M Shopping mall near Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal, one at habor trade tower near Yangon International Airport and one at HL tower. Mottama showroom was opened at Maha Land Center on Kabar Aye Pagoda road, Yankin township, Yangon yesterday.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

New Yangon port to be constructed as trade volumes rise

Adani Yangon International Terminal is developing a container terminal in Ahlone township, which is by the Yangon River, in anticipation of higher trade volumes in the coming years.

The company, which is registered in Myanmar and incorporated in Singapore, received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission on April 26 to develop, operate and maintain the Ahlone International Port Terminal (2) (AIPT) under a 50-year Build, Operate and Transfer agreement with the government, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).

AIPT (2) will be developed across 50 acres of land owned by Myanmar Economic Corporation, which is currently operating AIPT (1), according to DICA. The company will enjoy income tax incentives for the first three years of operations, said Daw Mya Sandar, director of DICA.

Construction of the US$290 million port, which will be built from scratch, is expected to begin in September. Phase 1 of development will involve enough capacity to handle between 100,000 and 150,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), or twenty-foot containers, when it is completed within the targeted 12 months.

Phase 2, which will take an additional six months to construct, is expected to take the port’s total capacity to a maximum of 800,000 TEUs.

The Yangon River has a draft of nine metres, allowing for vessels of 167 metre in length and 15,000 tonnes in weight. This includes containers ships of between 1100 TEUs and 1500 TEUs. When complete, the new terminal will be able to handle container ships of this size, said Sunil Seth, CEO of Adani Myanmar.

“Our focus will be on bringing modern technologies that will raise productivity and shorten the turnaround time of vessels that call at our port. We will set new benchmarks to throughput time and serve all the major shipping lines that service Yangon,” he said.

Higher volumes

AIPT (2) will be part of Yangon Port cluster on Strand Road in downtown Yangon, which includes Asia World Port Terminal and Myanmar Industrial Port. A separate deep-river multi-purpose container port, Myanmar International Terminals Thilawa, is located south of Yangon, adjacent to the Thilawa Special Economic Zone. These ports handle about 90pc of the country’s exports and imports.

“Total container throughput in Myanmar is currently 1.2 million TEUs but we are looking at GDP growth of around 6.5 percent, which will take the market to 2 million TEUs within the next four to five years. Hence, we feel there is room for more players in this industry,” said Mr Seth.

This is in line with Myanmar’s strategy to increase exports over the next five years. During the last fiscal year, total trade volumes for the country amounted to just over US$33 billion, with exports valued at around US$14.8 billion, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

In comparison, Cambodia, with a population amounting to just a third of Myanmar’s, exported around US$15 billion in 2017, according to official data.

“In that light, we are bullish over the growth potential for Myanmar exports. We believe agricultural products, fisheries, garments and light machinery exports will grow substantially and that overall throughput will rise,” Mr Seth said.

Traffic at Yangon’s ports has already been rising. In the last fiscal year, a total of 2,267 vessels called at the Yangon Port, which is up by almost 13pc over the past four years, according to data from the Myanmar Port Authority (MPA). Meanwhile, Yangon’s container ports handled just over a million TEUs, which is a rise of 40pc over the same period.

Keen on Myanmar

The project is one of the largest Indian investments in Myanmar infrastructure to date and represents Adani Group’s commitment to channelling more investments to the country, Mr Seth said. “The Adani Group is keen on expanding in Myanmar as we believe we have a role to play in infrastructure development here,” he said.

It is also aligned with Adani Group chair Gautam Adani’s goal of “good and sustainable growth across the company,” said Mr Seth.

The Adani Group is a US$10 billion, privately-owned Indian company focused on power generation, logistics and ports. The company has built ten ports in India.

Source: Myanmar Times

Govt to hold tender for construction of Muse airport this year

Plans are being drawn out for the construction of an airport in Muse, which is a major hub for trade at the Myanmar-China border. A tender will be held this year, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

The new Muse airport will be constructed under a Public-Private Partnership. The size and capacity of the airport have yet to be confirmed and will depend on the size of land available, the DCA said.

Six private companies have already been selected to participate in the tender after an invitation to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) was called in 2017.

“The Yangon- Muse route has always been a popular one. If a domestic airport is constructed in Muse, it will make traveling much more convenient for traders who have business dealings with the Chinese. It will also improve the tourism industries of Myanmar and China.

Currently, travelers from Yangon must first fly to Lashio, which is a five-hour drive away from Muse. As such, direct flights from Yangon to Muse are expected to facilitate business and trade between Myanmar and China.

Muse is now the largest hub for border trade between Myanmar and China. Currently, there are also arrangements between the Chinese Tourism Authority and local authorities to allow Chinese visitors to enter Myanmar via the Muse gate.

“At present China is quite interested in cross-border tours. When Muse airport is implemented, it would be likely to run Muse-Mandalay flights and tourism is expected to improve for both countries,” said U Toe Aung, a travel agent.

There are 31 domestic airports and three international airports in Myanmar but only 24 airports have the capacity to handle commercial aircraft, according to the DCA.

Major renovation to airport facilities and extension of runways were carried out for the ten domestic airports including Myitkyina, Heho, Thandwe, Loikaw and Nyaung-U airports, which have received the highest numbers of visitors over the third year of the government, according to a statement released by Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Two companies picked to build new Mandalay market

Two companies have been chosen to build a new Mingalar Market to replace the one that burnt down in March 2016 in Mandalay city, and construction work is expected to begin at the original site this year, according to the Mandalay City Development Committee. 

The MCDC’s Tender Analysing Team chose Capital Development Ltd and Mandalar Consortium Co Ltd to carry out the joint venture, and it is forming a committee to select a suitable design, said U Kyaw San Myint.

“The committee was formed with 13 members chosen from municipal, general administration, fire brigade and market affairs officials. Their first meeting was held on April 4, at which they decided to set a date and seek a suitable design to meet international standards. Work is expected to be started this year,” he said.

However, vendors at the market said at a press conference on April 5 that the new design of the market – which was shown at the meeting of MPs, head of the MCDC’s Markets Department, and Market Affairs Committee at the regional government office on February 10 – totally contradicts the promises that the regional government made to the sellers.

A fire broke out at Mingalar Market in the downtown area at the corner of 73rd and 30th streets on the evening of March 22, 2016. The blaze destroyed 297 shops, including showrooms, garment shops and shops where people also lived. The public still has not been told the cause of the fire.

Source: Myanmar Times

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