Japan, Myanmar hold talks on upgrading Yangon rail system

Myanmar officials have held talks with their Japanese counterparts to request loans to improve Yangon’s railway system and to streamline the Yangon-Thilawa rail transportation. Hideo Watanabe, the chairperson of the Japan Myanmar Association and Myanmar’s Rail Transportation Minister Than Htay and their delegates led the talks. The talks revolved around installing air-conditioned carriages, replacing old […]

Survey commences on railway to China

Ground surveys are underway to prepare for the construction of a railway linking Kyaukphyu township in Rakhine State with China, through the border town of Muse in Shan State, a report by the Ministry of Rail Transport on Monday said. The report notes that religious and historical buildings are located on the 950 kilometre (590 […]

Myanmar’s Lagging Public Infrastructure

Myanmar’s railway system is perhaps the last historical relic that anyone is lining up to save. While the moldy facades of colonial buildings are receiving makeovers with bright new coats of paint, any change that comes to this dilapidated rail system will likely be as slow as the train cars that jostle people and freight […]

Financially-strapped railway sector put out to tender

Four enterprises and lands held under the financially ailing railway industry were put out to tender in order to improve operations and cooperation with private sector involvement, according to the Ministry of Rail Transportation. Officials said tenders were sent out on April 23, and they include the taxi enterprise into Yangon Railway Station, 1.04 acres […]

Myanmar to build factories to produce coaches and locomotive sheds

Myanmar is planning to build factories to produce coaches and locomotive sheds by using the international loans, Than Htay, Union Minister for Rail Transportation said. The announcement was made at the September 29 ceremony to open the Yangon Railway Station’s circular express train. The minister did not reveal the amount of loans from China and […]

Myanmar-China gas pipeline starts to deliver gas to China

MANDALAY, Myanmar – A Myanmar-China natural gas pipeline (Myanmar section), co-invested by six parties from four countries including China, Myanmar, South Korea and India, was inaugurated in northern Myanmar’s Mandalay on Sunday and started to deliver gas to China. At about 4:12 pm (local time), Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, Energy Ministers U Than […]