CBM plans to practice RTGS online

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has planned to practice Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) online to transfer money between banks and customers, according to a CBM representative. The online system can save time, but according to the report, banks must build trust between one another. Currently, a small number of banks use the system […]

Myanmar banks offer international credit cards

In a boon for holiday shoppers, Myanmar banks are starting to offer customers international credit cards for the first time. The country has only recently returned to true credit cards, which disappeared in the wake of the 2003 banking crisis. At the start of this year some 2 million “credit cards” had been issued, but most operated […]

MPU and KEB Hana Card sign MoU

THE Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) and South Korean KEB Hana Card signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly conduct payment services in Myanmar. According to the MoU, MPU Card users will have access to the services of KEB Hana Card and South Korean businessmen will also receive the financial service from local banks. Members […]

Dredging makes for easier access to Yangon Port

MORE container ships can enter and exit Yangon port starting from this month after dredging near the port’s inner bar known as Monkey Point has been completed, said an official from the Myanma Port Authority. The dredging project was jointly conducted by Starhigh Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and the Myanma Port Authority from 30 March […]

Central Bank manoeuvres rise in kyat value

The value of the Myanmar kyat has risen due to the efforts of the Central Bank of Myanmar, according to Xinhua News Agency. The kyat value rose gradually starting from the beginning of this year following a year of declining value compared to the US dollar, according to local money changers. On 2 April, US$1 […]

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 […]

Surging kyat closes foreign exchange desks

  Local banks suspended foreign currency exchange services yesterday as the kyat surged in value against the dollar, with financial industry sources variously pointing the finger at political speculation, market rumours and a lack of clear Central Bank policy. The kyat strengthened to K1248 against the dollar yesterday, according to the Central Bank’s rate, after […]

Kyat appreciates as imports slow ahead of Chinese New Year

As trade and other businesses wind down in the run-up to the Chinese New Year festival, and sentiment about the political transition improves, the kyat has strengthened in value to a three-month high against the US dollar. The value of Myanmar’s currency has fallen more than 25 percent to the dollar over the past year, […]

Parliament passes Financial Institutions Law

After years of back and forth, the Banks and Financial Institutions Law of Myanmar has been passed by parliament and is now awaiting the president’s signature, with banks to face more stringent rules on raising paid-up capital and on reserve requirements. Lenders will have to keep 5 percent of customer deposits as cash with the […]

CBM brings real-time settlement to banks

Myanmar’s banking system has taken another step toward modernisation, courtesy of the Central Bank’s new clearing and settlement system, which will make an “immense difference” to lenders’ day-to-day operations, bankers said. The long-awaited system – built with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – went live on January 6, according to an […]