Myanmar’s KBZ Bank picks S’pore as launch pad to region

One of Myanmar’s biggest privately owned banks aims to use Singapore’s prime location as a launch pad to expand its commercial presence in the region. U Nyo Myint, senior managing director of Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), said yesterday: “The bank is one of the most successful banks in Myanmar and we would like to expand […]

KBZ Bank crowned Finance Asia’s ‘Best Bank in Myanmar’

Kanbawza Bank was named “Best Bank in Myanmar” by London-based Finance Asia at the awards ceremony of “The Finance Asia: Country Awards for Achievement 2016” held in Singapore yesterday. Organisers said KBZ Bank won the award because it had the highest amount of deposits in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, provided businesses with highest number of […]

Singapore Firm Acquires Stake in Myanmar Payment Company

Singapore-based payments firm fastacash has made a strategic investment in Myanmar-focused payments company, MyPAY. MyPAY, which is developing a mobile payment system, also has a strategic partnership with local social network MySQUAR, which claims to have 1.5 million user accounts. However, a fastach spokesperson told Myanmar Business Today that the firm “won’t be able to […]

Is Myanmar a good match for Singapore brands?

Myanmar’s thriving economy has transformed it into a hot spot for Asian and international companies seeking to exploit the potential of the country. FMCG companies are the most excited to tap into the country’s young population and rising disposable incomes. According to Nielsen, the FMCG sector has expanded 15% in the past four years and […]

Myanmar growing at breakneck speed

When Singapore lawyer Chester Toh starting working in Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial centre, 18 months ago, his commute to the centre took 15 minutes; now it’s a 45-minute slog through increasingly clogged streets. Call it the price of progress, or reform to be more exact. Toh, a partner at law firm Rajah & Tann, told The […]