Myanmar’s home-grown app-based ride-hailing brand Hello Cabs has sued Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading transport booking service, under the Competition law.
A case was filed at the Padauk Chaung police station in July 2017 and it is still pending.
Aung Win, managing director Dagon Logistics Co Ltd, which owns Hello Cabs, claims Grab had used confidential business-related information it provided without its consent.
The two firms had reportedly entered into a relationship in September 2016 on an offer from Hello Cabs to Grab for business cooperation. Win said, upon the offer, the two managed to sign a non-disclosure agreement by the next month, followed by Hello Cabs providing their information relating to strategic plans and market expansion.
However, since signing the contract, Grab had stopped communication and it was only in April 2017 that they decided to enter the Myanmar market by themselves, Dragon Logistics alleged.
Dagon Logistics is a joint venture between Yangon-based Strategic Development International Holdings Co Ltd, Singapore’s GAP VC and Yaung Ni Oo Co Ltd. Win also leads Yaung Ni Oo, which had long been operating the traditional taxi business. The firm entered the technology-based metering taxi service with about 130 cars in early 2015.
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