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 […]

For foreign lenders, Myanmar is no zero-sum game

SINGAPORE – A Foreign bank setting up a branch in Yangon must take its first step together with eight other lenders, all eager to tap a country that has been in isolation for more than 50 years. But international lenders noted that co-operation, not direct competition, will serve the greater good for now. “Competition among […]

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 […]

First foreign banks in Myanmar herald possible sector shake-up

This week’s arrival of the first three foreign banks to be allowed to open branches in Myanmar has already signalled a possible shake-up of the banking sector, with Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation expressing interest yesterday in eventually acquiring a minority stake in Kanbawza (KBZ), Myanmar’s largest lender. Hiroshi Minoura, vice chair of SMBC, one […]

Ready to open bank account

The Myanmar economy is set to begin a new era following the commencement of operations by three foreign banks this month The banking industry is bracing for a new era with three foreign banks getting the green light to open branches this month – the first time in half a century. Six other foreign banks, […]