Japan’s SMBC heading to Myanmar special zone

YANGON — Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will open a branch in Myanmar’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone as early as July. The Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group unit recently obtained approval from the government. Mizuho Financial Group unit Mizuho Bank already operates a branch in the zone, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group unit Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has set up a dedicated counter […]

Mizuho to open second office, at Thilawa SEZ

Japanese bank Mizuho will become the first foreign lender to open a second office in Myanmar, after opening its Yangon branch earlier this year. The bank has been granted approval to open a front office in Thilawa special economic zone, a spokesperson confirmed. Mizuho aims to open the office within the year, said a company […]

Vietnam’s BIDV says will be prioritised in next Myanmar bank licence issue

BIDV, Vietnam’s biggest partly private lender by assets, said on Wednesday it would be prioritised in the next issue of banking licences by Myanmar, citing comments by the country’s president during a meeting with the bank’s chairman. BIDV, which wants to open a branch in Myanmar having failed in the first license issue, said more […]

Maybank to help Myanmar firms raise regional capital

Maybank will offer a number of services in Myanmar including project finance and corporate lending, said Pollie Sim, CEO of international business at the Malaysian bank. It will also be willing to help companies raise capital through regional equity or debt markets, she said at the launch of the bank’s Myanmar branch office on October […]

AYA Bank to take a digital turn: Zaw Zaw

AYA Bank is going to focus on internet and electronic banking, and is planning to extend its cashless payment network, according to the bank’s chair U Zaw Zaw. The bank introduced internet banking and other IT services last year, and has since added international financial reporting systems for more effective auditing, he said. “We want […]

Third Japanese megabank opens local branch office

Mizuho Bank opened its Yangon branch office yesterday, becoming the third Japanese megabank with a local branch presence. The firms also signed an agreement with AYA Bank, one of Myanmar’s largest private banks, to cooperate in banking services such as cash management. The new branch is located at Sedona Hotel, with US$100 million in initial […]

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 […]

Bangkok Bank injects $200 million into its Yangon branch

Bangkok Bank demonstrated its optimism in Myanmar’s economic potential through the injection of US$200 million (Bt6.75 billion) into its Yangon branch, a bigger sum than what was brought in by the four foreign banks that have already opened branches here. “This will help us service our customers further, not only in terms of funding but […]

Banks on charm offensive in Myanmar

FOREIGN banks venturing into Myanmar are expected to flex their muscles by investing in, and advising, the fledgling local financial market – and that includes efforts to lift standards of local bank staff. The charm offensive in recent years cannot be underestimated. Besides proving long-term commitment to this frontier market, international lenders need the blessings […]

Two Japan Banks First Foreign Banks to Open Myanmar Branches

Japan’s two top banks are set to open branches in Myanmar this week, becoming the first foreign banks to set up shop in the country: a place viewed by many as one of the “last frontiers.” Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will open branches on Wednesday and Thursday in the center […]