Myanmar Payment Union to Upgrade ATM Card System

RANGOON — The Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) signed with Vietnamese telecom multinational FPT and the National Payment Corporation of Vietnam (NAPAS) on Sunday to initiate a financial switching system, Zaw Lin Htut, chief executive officer of the MPU, told The Irrawaddy. As MPU’s partners, FPT and NAPAS will—starting this year—help facilitate a system upgrade for ATM […]

Banks Reminded to Accept Foreign Currency in ‘All’ Conditions

RANGOON — The Central Bank of Myanmar is encouraging patrons to lodge complaints if they have been turned away by banks for trying to exchange US dollars that are not in mint condition, according to an official from the Foreign Exchange Management Department. Until recently, currency exchange points would only accept US bank notes if […]

CBM buys dollars to ‘reduce panic’

The Central Bank has bought over US$40 million dollars from private lenders in just five days to “reduce panic and prevent volatility”, a Central Bank official told The Myanmar Times, while banks this week once again imposed limits on foreign exchange due to volatility. Private banks started their sudden net transfer of dollars to the […]

To Court or Clamp Down? The NLD and Burma’s Cronies

RANGOON — With the National League for Democracy (NLD) set to take power on April 1, political and economic observers will be closely watching for change, including whether the rampant cronyism that dogged the country for decades under successive military-backed administrations, will continue unchecked. While it is no secret that Burma’s top brass has long […]

Tay Za-Owned Hotel Barred from Hosting Political Trainings

RANGOON — A hotel owned by Burmese business tycoon Tay Za in the country’s capital has been warned by the Naypyidaw Council against sponsoring trainings for political parties. The notification letter, signed by Col. Min Naung of the council and addressed to Htoo Construction Development Group, stated that 10 companies had in the past been […]

Surging kyat closes foreign exchange desks

  Local banks suspended foreign currency exchange services yesterday as the kyat surged in value against the dollar, with financial industry sources variously pointing the finger at political speculation, market rumours and a lack of clear Central Bank policy. The kyat strengthened to K1248 against the dollar yesterday, according to the Central Bank’s rate, after […]

Yangon Stock Exchange to open amidst suspicion

Many analysts believe the Yangon Stock Exchange, which will be fully operational by March this year, is opening with unfair advantages and possible conflicts of interests. The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) automatically entered the US sanctions blacklist as the Myanmar Economic Bank, an entity already sanctioned by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets […]

Yangon Stock Exchange to Launch in December

The Yangon Stock Exchange is set to launch on Dec. 9, an official said on Monday, after three years of preparations to modernize Burma’s financial sector. Addressing CEOs and executive directors of ten underwriting firms, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Supervisory Committee and Deputy Finance Minister Maung Maung Thein said the exchange, known as […]

Lenders Urge Central Bank to Be More Flexible on Regulations

Bankers are urging the Central Bank of Myanmar to reconsider a recent regulation that might leave many of Burma’s commercial lenders struggling in the market. On Nov. 16, private lenders, officials from the Central Bank and President’s Office Minister Soe Thane met to discuss the state of Burma’s banking industry and its future when a […]

AGD Bank prepares IPO as profits drop

Asia Green Development Bank is preparing to launch an initial public offering, or IPO, on the soon-to-open Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX), though profits are down substantially on last year. The bank’s net profit was K112.6 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, far lower than K9.6 billion the previous year, officials said at the fifth annual […]