Japan & Singapore big winners in foreign banking licence award

9 foreign banks have been awarded preliminary Foreign Banking License on 1st October 2014. The award of the banking licence also shows the influence that the countries that the banks come from – in financing development and trade in Myanmar with the rest of the world. The big winner is Japan with 3 banking licences. […]

Bank Negara Indonesia to open representative office in Myanmar

State lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) is due to open its first-ever representative office in Myanmar in November to facilitate the expansion of fellow state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the neighboring country. According to the deputy general manager of BNI’s international division, Rahmad Hidayat, the bank will submit a proposal to Myanmar’s central bank next week. […]

Thai banks line up for licences in Myanmar

The banking industry in Myanmar is a key strategic destination for Thai commercial banks as they plan for Asean integration after the Myanmar authority allows foreign banks to apply for operating licences there.  Myanmar’s central bank said 42 foreign financial institutions with representative offices there applied for its restricted banking licences. The four largest Thai […]

Myanmar may let foreign banks operate this year: Sources

YANGON — Some foreign banks may be allowed to operate in Myanmar later this year although initially they will only be allowed to have branches in certain areas and offer a limited range of products, government and banking sources said on Tuesday. “The president last week formed a committee to choose five to 10 out […]

Burma’s Central Bank Expected to Submit Monetary Policy

RANGOON — Burma’s Central Bank is expected to submit a new monetary policy during Parliament’s next session, which begins late this month, a lawmaker said. The Central Bank is currently working on a plan to allow foreign banks to operate in the country, a central part of the government’s reforms to modernize the long-isolated financial […]

Myanmar to adopt Mobile Banking System

Most local banks are not capable of providing mobile banking services although Myanmar Cenral Bank has authorized for such services. “At present, there are only a few banks proposed to offer the service. Some application forms need to be reapplied in order to complete data requirements. Mobile banking is not a new banking procedure. It […]