Foreign banks finish licence legwork

BRIEF: E.SUN Commercial Bank and State Bank of India – the last of the foreign lenders that won approval to open branches in Myanmar earlier this year – have finished the entry process and begin this week fully licensed. The Central Bank announced late last week that E.SUN Commercial Bank and State Bank of India […]

Banks mull taking shares as collateral

Investors in Yangon Stock Exchange-listed firms could soon be able to use their shares to access bank loans. The YSX is in discussions with listed companies and lenders about a system for posting stock as collateral, which shareholders are eager to see put in place. Tycoon Serge Pun – owner of listed firm First Myanmar […]

A 500 billion political land mine and Myanmar’s gaping budget

Growth retardation of the agricultural sector connects too many aspects of economy issues such as lack of investment, lack of industrialization, obstacles in producing and distribution of goods, high unemployment rates, etc. It is a high priority economic policy that the new government must endeavor to implement as the development of the agricultural sector directly […]

CBM buys dollars to ‘reduce panic’

The Central Bank has bought over US$40 million dollars from private lenders in just five days to “reduce panic and prevent volatility”, a Central Bank official told The Myanmar Times, while banks this week once again imposed limits on foreign exchange due to volatility. Private banks started their sudden net transfer of dollars to the […]

German ambassador says investor sentiment, Myanmar relations could improve under new govt

German Ambassador Mr. Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch talked to Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint about the long history of German-Myanmar relations, the hurdles to investment, and the hopes for the incoming government. Mizzima: Today we had a new parliament dominated by the National League for Democracy. So how do you view the changes, or the reforms, that have […]

Companies begin to feel the heat as import costs climb

Myanmar’s plummeting currency has prompted a vicious circle of rising prices in the import-dependent economy, in which even export-driven companies face rising costs, say businesspeople. New laws and regulations are urgently needed to control the kyat, they said, which has fallen by more than 25 percent to the US dollar this year to K1300 yesterday, […]