Myanmar Payment Union to Upgrade ATM Card System

RANGOON — The Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) signed with Vietnamese telecom multinational FPT and the National Payment Corporation of Vietnam (NAPAS) on Sunday to initiate a financial switching system, Zaw Lin Htut, chief executive officer of the MPU, told The Irrawaddy. As MPU’s partners, FPT and NAPAS will—starting this year—help facilitate a system upgrade for ATM […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myanmar Payment Union Forms Public Company

RANGOON — Burma’s sole domestic provider of card-based payments, Myanmar Payment Union, has formed a public company comprised of its 23 member banks, according to the organization’s chief executive officer Zaw Lin Htut. Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) had planned to form a public company in 2014 and Burma’s Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration gave […]

India’s EXIM Bank Agrees More Than $350M in Credit to Myanmar

YANGON — The Indian government’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) has said it will loan Myanmar more than US$350 million to finance irrigation projects and improvements to the country’s railways. In an announcement Dec. 26, the bank, which opened an office in Yangon in September, said it would extend credit to the Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank […]