4 ways to boost e-commerce in Myanmar

e-Commerce industry growth will need banks and telcos to reduce service fees, provide better APIs, and simplify procedures to eliminate the hassle of payments Since 2012, foreign investors have been on a gold rush in Myanmar. GDP has climbed up steadily from US$58.68 billion in 2013, to US$64.33 billion in 2014, then US$64.87 billion in 2015. In July 2016, the new […]

Yoma to Distribute JCB Construction and Heavy Equipment in Myanmar

Singapore-based Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd’s full subsidiary, Convenience Prosperity Company Limited, has been appointed by J C Bamford Excavators Limited (JCB) as the exclusive distributor for the Myanmar market. Founded in 1945, UK-based JCB is the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment by volume with 22 manufacturing plants worldwide. JCB sells its products in […]

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 […]

JCB to open Yangon Branch

CB International is cooperating with Myanmar Payment Union banks to issue JCB cards by the end of 2016 or as soon as next year, according to a press release from the group. As well  as this partnership JCB is establishing a branch in Yangon under the subsidiary JCB International (Thailand) Co. Ltd. JCB will be […]

Vietjet Offers Promotional Fares for Yangon-HCMC Flights

Vietnamese low cost carrier Vietjet said it is selling tickets at special prices for its newest route linking Yangon to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The sale will go on from 11:30 to 13:30 (Myanmar time) everyday from July 24 to July 29. The carrier said that “lucky tickets” will be available from $0 […]

Southeast Asian Payments Provider 2C2P Raises $7 Million From Amun Capital and Japan’s GMO Venture

2C2P, a leading Southeast Asian payment services provider, has landed $7 million in Series C funding from Hong Kong’s Amun Capital and Japan’s GMO Venture Partners. That brings total funding for the 12-year-old company to $10 million. 2C2P will use the funds to make senior hires and to expand its “cards, cash and cash equivalent […]

2C2P and MPU launch Myanmar’s first e-commerce payments platform

2C2P, a leading Southeast Asian payment services company, and Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), the national payment network of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, have developed and implemented Myanmar’s first electronic commerce payments platform. MPU card holders can now – for the first time – search, select and directly pay for online purchases. There […]

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 […]

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 […]