MEB, six private banks to lease K30 billion to SMEs

Myanma Economic Bank, teaming up with six private banks will give K30 billion loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to Ministry of Industry. The country’s SMEs can acquire loans from the Myanma Oriental Bank, Ayeyawady Bank, from Co-Operative Bank (CB), commonly known as CB Bank, the Myanmar Citizens Bank, the Kanbawza Bank and […]

Free from sanctions, state-owned MFTB upgrades services

One of three state-owned financial institutions recently taken off the US sanctions list says it has made a concerted effort to upgrade its services since the current government took power in April, under instruction from the Ministry of Planning and Finance. Myanma Foreign Trade Bank, established in 1976, held a monopoly on the foreign exchange […]

Myanmar’s fast-food industry attracts US attention as sanctions ease

US fast-food firms could flood into Myanmar after the easing of US-imposed sanctions to improve bilateral trade and allow more financial transactions to take place. The US Treasury, for instance, has removed from a blacklist seven state-owned enterprises and three state-owned banks – the Myanma Economic Bank, Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank, and Myanma Investment and […]

Yangon stock exchange to open to foreign investors

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar is preparing to allow foreign investors to access the new Yangon Stock Exchange and for local-foreign joint ventures to list, chair U Maung Maung Win said. An “appropriate” number of joint venture companies will be given permission to go public as soon as the new Myanmar Companies Act […]

A 500 billion political land mine and Myanmar’s gaping budget

Growth retardation of the agricultural sector connects too many aspects of economy issues such as lack of investment, lack of industrialization, obstacles in producing and distribution of goods, high unemployment rates, etc. It is a high priority economic policy that the new government must endeavor to implement as the development of the agricultural sector directly […]

Financial system to struggle despite sanctions relief

Amendment to US sanctions against Myanmar aimed at supporting economic growth still leave an array of barriers to trade between the two countries. Effective yesterday, the United States removed three state-owned banks from its blacklist of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs), and added two military-owned lenders to a general licence that allows financial transactions with those […]

US eases Myanmar sanction to aid business

Photo Credit: File Photo from Nov. 14, 2014  meeting between Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon (Nyein Chan Naing / European Press Photo Agency) The US government has removed 3 government banks and 7 government agencies responsible for promoting investment and export in various sectors of this resource rich country off the sanction […]

Myanmar investors swot up for new bourse

YANGON – Inside the graceful halls of Myanmar’s first modern bourse business leaders crowd into a crash course on sharetrading, as the former junta-run country takes another leap towards economic revitalisation. Rangoon Stock Exchange (YSX) is due to debut its first listed company on Friday, just days before a new civilian government overseen by Aung […]

KBZ launches Yangon stock exchange settlement system

Kanbawza Bank signed yesterday with the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) to run settlement and clearing operations for Myanmar’s first modern bourse. Last April the bank was chosen from among six local private banks who applied for the role to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SECM) of Myanmar. It will be responsible for delivering payments for […]

Tay Za-Owned Hotel Barred from Hosting Political Trainings

RANGOON — A hotel owned by Burmese business tycoon Tay Za in the country’s capital has been warned by the Naypyidaw Council against sponsoring trainings for political parties. The notification letter, signed by Col. Min Naung of the council and addressed to Htoo Construction Development Group, stated that 10 companies had in the past been […]