Photo credit: Go-Myanmar

Photo credit: Go-Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar November 21 2016 – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expects the first stage of the Yangon – Mandalay railway to be completed next March.

The first stretch of the railway runs 267 kilometres from Yangon to Taungoo directly to the north, the work being done mostly involves rehabilitating and modernizing the existing railway. The total length of the railway is 600 kilometres and will continue north from Taungoo, through the capital Naypyitaw, and on to Mandalay.

JICA representative Keiichiro Nakazawa said “The main purpose of this project is to reduce poverty.”

Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced about US$8 billion in aid, loans and investment to promote development and reconciliation in Myanmar earlier this month, when State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited the country.