By Nyein Nyein
Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has received over 1,000 applications through Yangon Building Permit System (YBPS) during five months since its establishment. The YBPS provides Building Completion Certificate, building permit, a notice of inspection approval, minor building work approval, technical, administrative information and other managerial procedures.
The system is designed to boost private investments in the city. It is initiated by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group, with the aims to reduce some procedures and paperwork in seeking construction permits, and cut frequent meetings and unnecessary disputes between the staff and applicants. “The registered engineers, architects and landowners can apply for the permit through online platform anytime and anywhere. This is a great reform amid the COVID-19 crisis,” said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, secretary of YCDC.
It has made us more technologically advanced and helped us become more conscious about environmental sustainability by adopting a paperless process, she continued. Additionally, the initiative, with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DGAT) has helped modernize the system and provide new software and training for staff. It is a one-stop source for those developers to obtain a construction permit. “Myanmar construction sector accounts for five per cent of the labour force (about 1 million workers), it has among the highest earning potential for people,” said Jane Xu, IFC Country Manager for Myanmar and Thailand.
“Streamlining the construction permit process is helping to improve transparency, cut red tape and speed up processing for permits which will ultimately improve the overall investment climate in Yangon. This is part of IFC’s larger effort to support the development of the private sector and spur the job creation,” said Ms Jane Xu. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)