Myanmar to Upgrade Urban Infrastructure in State Capitals, Border Town

The Myanmar government is planning to upgrade basic infrastructure and enhance urban management of three major cities in Mon and Karen states that lie along Japan’s planned East-West Economic Corridor for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

Minister of Construction U Han Zaw said Monday that his ministry will take a leading role in developing the cities using US$80 million in loans from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a $23.4-million loan from the Neighboring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA).

The proposed cities for the GMS Corridor Towns Development Project are the Mon capital of Mawlamyine, the Karen capital of Hpa-an and Myawaddy, a major town on the border with Thailand in Karen state.

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Nan Lwin