Toyota sees uphill sales battle in Yangon

Local car dealer Toyota Aye and Sons is hoping a hire purchase scheme will help boost sales of a new Toyota model, which has to compete with a sea of used vehicles in a market complicated by regulations. Toyota has been struggling to sell brand-new cars in Myanmar despite campaigns and promotions. The market is already awash with […]

Plastic chips away at cash’s dominance in Myanmar

YANGON — Credit cards are gaining traction in Myanmar, where cash has long been king, with foreign players such as China UnionPay and Japan’s JCB lured by rising consumer incomes and an increasingly robust financial infrastructure. JCB, in conjunction with Myanmar Payment Union and Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as Aya Bank, debuted a credit card Tuesday […]

AYA BANK launches the First Universal JCB-MPU co-brand cards

AYA Bank launched the first JCB credit and debit card as AYA Universal MPU-JCB Co-Brand cards in Myanmar yesterday, becoming the first in the country to issue Japanese JCB credit and debit cards. The Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as AYA Bank, is issuing the “AYA Universal MPU-JCB Co-Brand Card” combining the Myanmar Payment Union-MPU brand […]

Banks mull taking shares as collateral

Investors in Yangon Stock Exchange-listed firms could soon be able to use their shares to access bank loans. The YSX is in discussions with listed companies and lenders about a system for posting stock as collateral, which shareholders are eager to see put in place. Tycoon Serge Pun – owner of listed firm First Myanmar […]

YSX debates bank disclosure ahead of MCB listing

As Myanmar Citizens Bank prepares to become the first lender listed on Yangon’s stock exchange, bourse officials are still debating just what level of financial disclosure listing banks should have to provide. Any company intending to launch shares on the YSX has to meet disclosure requirements more onerous than any others demanded under domestic Myanmar regulation. In […]

Overseas expansion plans heat up at Myanmar banks

Aya Bank plans to open representative offices overseas, while competitor KBZ Bank says it has applied to move into countries such as Japan and South Korea, in a sign that Myanmar’s banks are growing bolder in exploring overseas markets. If successful, AYA would become the second Myanmar lender to expand beyond national borders – KBZ became […]

Experts call for stronger property laws in Myanmar

MYANMAR’S real-estate market would become more buoyant if regulations on pricing and related issues were to be strengthened, experts said recently. At the “Property Report Congress Myanmar 2016”, developers and bankers urged the government to improve infrastructure and regulatory reforms. Tony Picon, managing director of Colliers International Myanmar, said the country needed to control property […]

Western Union launches outbound money transfer service in Myanmar

WESTERN UNION, a global payment services provider, has launched Myanmar’s first outbound money-transfer service, three years after launching inbound services. Patricia Riingen, the firm’s senior vice president for Southeast Asia and Oceania, said the target consumers would be people aged from 25 to 60 who are active on social media and have international exposure (either […]

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 […]

No new shares to trade on YSX until July: underwriters

The first long-awaited initial public offerings on the Yangon Stock Exchange will not include any new shares, said underwriters, while the first company to raise fresh capital is unlikely to list until July. The YSX opened last December to much fanfare but with no stocks to trade. Crowds gathered, a giant bell was rung and […]