Street Vendor Holdouts, YCDC on Crash Course Over Relocation Plan

​​ Tensions are mounting between Yangon City Development Committee and the commercial capital’s street vendors, as a small contingent refuses to move stalls from their locations on Anawrahta Road. Following a recently announced ban on street stalls on Yangon’s 11 busiest roads, YCDC staff have been travelling around the downtown area with loudspeakers, informing vendors that they […]

YCDC Takes Aim at Unlicensed Hostels

Yangon City Development Committee says it will take action against people operating unlicensed hostels catering to locals. Hostels have become increasingly popular among locals who struggle to afford the rent in Myanmar’s largest city. Ma Kay Thi lives in a private hostel on Anawrahta Road where she pays K35,000 a month. “There are about 20 people in […]

Myanmar: 45 Million Mobile Phones And The $19 3G Smartphone – Forbes

The photo above shows a shiny new $19.44 smartphone for sale in Yangon.  When I saw this in small corner shop on Anawrahta Road near Pansodan a few weeks ago, the 23,000 kyat (at 1,183 kyat/US$1) price included one SIM card. As you can perhaps see, it’s 3G capable and has slots for two SIM […]

YCDC opens complaints section

Any complaints? Yangon City Development Committee has opened up a special department for you. As of March 4, any of Yangon’s 5.21 million citizens can come to City Hall to pick a bone with the administration. Committee member U Khin Maung Tint told The Myanmar Times the idea was to bring people with problems directly […]