Myanmar card payments on the rise as MPU widens network

Card payments in Myanmar are set to rise over the next few months as local shops and supermarkets sign up to Myanmar Payment Union, signalling the beginning of a shift in one of the world’s last cash-based economies. MPU got off to a slow start when it launched in 2012, but with the rise of […]

Credit Bureau Delayed by ‘Second Thoughts’ About Foreign Stake

YANGON — Although financiers in Myanmar have been trying since 2012 to form the country’s first credit bureau, concerns about how much foreign involvement in the process should be allowed have delayed their efforts, bankers said this week. The Central Bank of Myanmar aims to form the credit bureau to allow lenders to check the […]

Myanmar Payment Union Plans to Form Public Company

YANGON — Myanmar’s only card payment system, the Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), plans to become a public company before the end of this year, MPU general secretary Ye Min Oo said on Tuesday. Founded in 2011, MPU’s members include 18 local banks, three of which are state-owned. MPU set up the first ATM card payment […]

Shadow of Decade-old Bank Crisis Looms over Credit Card Plans

In a world where modern banking services are almost universal, few things shout “economic backwater” quite like the absence of ATMs and credit cards. These days, even Myanmar—which was for decades one of the world’s most economically isolated countries—has a handful of ATMs in major urban centers, providing the sort of convenience that most of […]

China Union Pay (CUP) has launched its payment service in co-operation with Myanmar Payment Union (MPU)

Users of CUP can withdraw Myanmar Kyat currency from the automatic tellers machines (MTU) of MPU member banks and make payment at its points-of-sale as well as at relevant hotels. MPU was established in September 2011 by 17 domestic banks in Myanmar including three state-owned banks and 14 private banks and starting September 2012, MPU […]