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September 21, 2020

Yangon Building Permit System (YBPS) Goes Online, Receives Over 1,000 Applications

Yangon, Myanmar – September 9, 2020 – The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has received over 1,000 building permit applications through the Yangon Building Permit System (YBPS) in just five months of operations. The fully-automated system makes all processes related to building permits including inspection requests completely online, significantly improving processing times. 
The YPBS was designed to boost private investment in the city’s construction sector. The system, an initiative of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, aims to reduce work procedures, eliminate the need for paper applications, and cut frequent meetings between staff and applicants. 
“The YBPS online application system has shown to be effective as building professionals can submit their applications anywhere and at any time. This had a significant positive impact during COVID-19,” said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, YCDC Secretary. “It has made us more technologically advanced and helped us become more cognizant about environmental sustainability by adopting a paperless process.” 
The initiative, with support from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has helped modernize the permit system, providing new software and training for staff. A one stop-shop has also been opened for prospective builders to obtain construction permits.
“Myanmar’s construction sector accounts for around five percent of the workforce or about one million workers and 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 job creation.”
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