Myanmar grants operating licenses to four more Asian banks

YANGON – Myanmar has granted operating licenses to four Asian banks, bringing to 13 the number of foreign banks allowed to conduct business in the previously isolated country. Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, State Bank of India, Taiwan’s Sun Commercial Bank and South Korea’s Shinhan Bank were granted preliminary licenses, Myanmar’s Foreign Bank […]

Banks need incentive to take grain instead of gold

Two domestic banks have agreed to offer loans backed by commodities, allowing farmers to pledge items like beans and pulses as collateral for access to competitively priced financing for the first time. However, the appeal of warehouse receipt financing may be limited, as capped interest rates mean the lenders have little incentive to take on […]

Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank begins Myanmar operations with opening of Yangon office

June 10, Yangon: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon opened its representative office in Yangon on Monday, 8th June, formally launching its operations in Myanmar, initially to offer Advisory Services to Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi businesses wishing to enter that country, and to arrange Banking and Advisory facilities, funds transfer and encashment services. Commercial Bank is […]

Dollar reaches Ks1,171

The dollar has now reached Ks1,171 on the unofficial markets, sources report. The rate of the dollar increased on June 2, leaping from Ks1,152 on June 3 to the current value. The Central Bank increased its reference rate to Ks1,105 from Ks1,097. It installed a limiter on May 27 that restricted exchanges to US$5,000 per […]

Local banks fret foreign rivals

Domestic banks fear that international lenders opening branch offices in Myanmar will pursue an aggressive strategy and poach the best local clients, but commentators believe this is unlikely to happen, for now. Between April and September, nine global banks will open branch offices in Yangon, becoming the first foreign institutions to undertake active commercial operations […]

BTMU Eyes Raising Banking Professionals’ Competencies

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd (BTMU) announced that it will fund the development of a learning centre at the Myanmar Institute of Banking (MIB), the training arm of the Myanmar Banks Association (MBA). The Japanese bank said the learning centre will be equipped with the latest computer equipment and training resources, and the centre […]

Myanmar targets 4.5m tourists in 2015

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has set an ambitious target, aiming to draw 4.5 million foreign visitors this year. The visitors are expected to spend US$2 billion in the country. According to Myo Win Nyunt, a director, the ministry has been busy enlarging travel zones and making other infrastructure improvement to help tourists. “The […]

Gem Traders to Establish Bank

The Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association is preparing to establish a bank for the purpose of allowing greater oversight to combat money laundering, said chairman U Yone Mu. “The inspection of bank accounts will be done by the government. We have a plan to open a bank not only in Yangon but also in […]

KBZ to Upgrade ATMs after Security Breach

Kanbawza (KBZ) Bank will upgrade the security systems of its ATM machines after K20 million was stolen from ATMs in Yangon in late November, according to an official from the bank. The new “3D security system” will be installed soon and new security staff will be hired to heighten the security of ATMs while security […]

Shopping 2.0: Myanmar heads to the web

Some companies have simplified shopping online down to just one click. In Myanmar, it’s not that simple – but that hasn’t stopped people from taking their business to online stores. For the past few years, connectivity in Myanmar has been scaling and the practice of selling clothes, electronic devices and other products has gained popularity […]