Yangon City Development Committee

   In May 1990, the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) established the YCDC as an agency on the same level as the Cabinet, exercising considerable autonomy. Its membership, numbering between 7 and 15, is appointed by the SLORC (known after 1997 as the State Peace and Development Council), and its chairman serves concurrently as Mayor of Rangoon (Yangon). Its responsibilities are wide-ranging: establishment and management of new towns; infrastructure projects, such as highways, reservoirs, and parks; land-use administration; control of illegal residents; and the collection of taxes to be used on city projects. It has the authority to enter into joint ventures with foreign companies and borrow funds from abroad, and has evolved into one of the country's largest business conglomerates, operating hotels and golf courses. A similar agency has been established for Mandalay, although the Mandalay City Development Committee seems to exercise less autonomy.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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