The Irrawaddy

Southeast Asian Ride Hailing Firm Expands to Burma

A Grab motor driver is seen in a street in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta - RTSYE9F

RANGOON ­–– Ride hailing firm Grab, the main Southeast Asian rival of Uber Technologies Inc., launched services in Burma on Tuesday, expanding operations to a seventh country in the region.

Grab was working with a small group of taxi drivers in a trial in Rangoon and would scale up gradually, the company said in a statement. Uber is currently unavailable in Rangoon.

Grab is already operating in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The expansion into Burma comes as authorities are trying to improve the public transport system, having for the first time introduced regular bus lines, timetables and salaries for drivers.