No Thai banks among 2nd round of Myanmar licensees

YANGON – No Thailand banks were among 13 institutions that answered a call from Myanmar’s central bank for expressions of interest in a second round of foreign bank licensing aimed at further liberalising a sector that was previously off-limits to international players. Eight of the banks listed in an official central bank statement on Feb […]

Central bank says it is still on track to grant licences to foreign banks this month

Between five and 10 licences will be granted to foreign banks to operate in Myanmar by the end of this month, Dr Set Aung, deputy governor of Central Bank of Myanmar, said on September 14, denying speculation that the bank was delaying the announcement. “We said before that the announcement will be made in the […]

Thai banks step up push for licences in Myanmar

ALL FOUR THAI banks in Myanmar are intensifying their efforts to secure banking licences in the belief that opening up of the industry will proceed despite opposition for local players. Representatives of Kasikornbank (KBank) and Krungthai Bank (KTB) recently joined conferences in Yangon, speaking their minds on what their banks have to offer to the […]

Four Thai banks vie for licences in Myanmar

Thai banks with representative offices in Myanmar have a strong interest in applying for restricted-services licences, after that country recently opened up for such applications from foreign banks for the first time. Four Thai banks have representative offices in Myanmar – Bangkok Bank, Krungthai Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and Kasikorn-bank. If they can obtain the […]

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 […]