Towards a Safe, Smart, Clean and Liveable Yangon

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes an annual Global Liveability Ranking which ranks 140 cities for their urban quality of life. The cities are scored based on five categories — stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. Our hope is that one day Yangon will be ranked among the Top Ten cities.
Yangon is the economic capital and heart of our nation, with a rich history dating back to the early 11th century. Today, the city’s population of 7 million people contributes 19.3 trillion kyats to the economy, more than a quarter of Myanmar’s GDP.

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New Yangon City to be Built on Land West of the Yangon River

New Yangon City to be Built on Land West of the Yangon River

Yangon, Myanmar, 31 March 2018 – H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Regional Government, today announced the launch of New Yangon Development Company Ltd. (“NYDC”). The objective of NYDC is to create economic growth, homes and jobs via the development of land to the west of Yangon River. This development will be known [...]
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NYDC Signs Framework Agreement with Leading Infrastructure Company for First Stage of NYDC Challenge

NYDC Signs Framework Agreement with Leading Infrastructure Company for First Stage of NYDC Challenge

Yangon, Myanmar, 2 May 2018 – H.E. Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication and Chairperson of New Yangon Development Company Limited (“NYDC”) today signed a framework agreement with Hong Kong-listed company, China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (“CCCC”), for the preparation and submission of a detailed project proposal to provide infrastructure works related [...]
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George Yeo tapped for massive Yangon Development

George Yeo tapped for massive Yangon Development

Industrialisation effort will cover an area over twice S’pore’s size
Tan Hui Yee: Indochina Bureau Chief In Yangon
Singapore’s former foreign minister George Yeo has been tapped to help lead the development of a Yangon city extension billed to spur growth for Myanmar, just like what Shenzhen city did for China.

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Stay Tuned to the details of the Pre-Project Documents

The past weeks have been hectic as we approach the final stage of negotiations with China Communications Construction Company Ltd., (CCCC) for the preparation of the Pre-Project Documents (PPD). These documents will pave the way for the first stage of the NYDC Challenge. The details of the PPD would be announced soon and it includes the following scope of works:

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Creating an Efficient and Accessible System of Public Transportation

There has been a lot of press reports and comments on social media questioning the validity of NYDC. Some have questioned whether NYDC is a properly approved entity, whether budget has been approved, or if funds are used appropriately.
As the Chief Executive of this company, it is not my intention to get involved in politics. My job is to create two million jobs, and the assignment is to bring Foreign Direct Investment

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Consultations with the Myanmar Engineering Council, Myanmar Engineering Society, Myanmar Architect Council, Association of Myanmar Architects & other learned stakeholders.

Over the weekend, NYDC organised a special Roundtable meeting with members of the Myanmar Engineering Council, Myanmar Engineering Society, Myanmar Architect Council, the Association of Myanmar Architects and various other learned stakeholders at the function hall of the MES. Our Planning and Development Head Ms. Alicia Aye Aye Khine explained the salient points of the New Yangon City Socio-Economic Master Plan (SEMP) subsequent to which I chaired the Questions & Answers Session.

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Gathering the Voices of Experts

Planning a city from scratch is a bit like having a clean sheet of paper to draw on – it could be daunting, while at the same time, exhilarating. It has been done before, all over the world. We see success stories such as Singapore; with the city-state today reaping the fruits of its master planning. Diligently laid out in the 1960s, good planning transformed the newly-independent country where nearly three out of four people lived in slums, to what we see today, a thriving, modern city. Poor city planning or the lack of planning, on the other hand, would sow the seeds of urban ills.

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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.

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