Military Officials, Cronies Released from US Blacklist

RANGOON — Burma’s former dictator Snr-Gen Than Shwe was among individuals removed from the US Treasury’s blacklist following the lifting of Burma sanctions on Friday. Another 16 senior military officials, including former Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye, have been removed from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. Apart from senior military officials, military-related businesses […]

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 […]

Military-Linked UMEHL Transitions Into Public Company

Yangon — The Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) announced on Thursday that, after being linked to the military for more than two decades, the conglomerate has transitioned into a public company. According to state-run media, shares for UMEHL, which was founded in 1990 with two shareholder groups, will be consolidated into one group. […]

Step-by-step awareness campaign for stock exchange

The backers of the Yangon Stock Exchange are putting together a crash course to introduce it to the public. Dr Maung Maung Thein, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar, said in the coming months, various stakeholders will be given a look at how the systems behind the exchange work. “We will introduce […]

MAPCO to take a year for listing

Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation will not immediately float on the Yangon Stock Exchange when it launches, which is slated for later this year, according to company director U Ye Min Aung. The firm has already signalled its intention to eventually list, and U Ye Min Aung said after the listing criteria emerges the companies wishing […]

Stock exchange location selected

The former headquarters of the Myawaddy Bank will be the location of the Yangon Stock Exchange when it opens next year, according to deputy finance minister U Maung Maung Thein. Renovation work on the Myawaddy building on Sule Pagoda Road near Merchant Street is projected to be completed in June or July 2015, in time […]

Private Banks need to prove they are clean as only 12 out of 22 in the top taxpayers list

Of the 22 private banks in Myanmar, only 12 have been listed as top taxpayers, according to the Ministry of Finance and Revenue. According to documents covering the 2011-2012 fiscal year, only 10 private banks are included on the official top 100 income taxpayers list. Only 12 private banks are included on the official top […]