Myanmar’s KBZ Bank picks S’pore as launch pad to region

One of Myanmar’s biggest privately owned banks aims to use Singapore’s prime location as a launch pad to expand its commercial presence in the region. U Nyo Myint, senior managing director of Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), said yesterday: “The bank is one of the most successful banks in Myanmar and we would like to expand […]

KBZ wins permission from Central Bank of Malaysia to open office in KL

KANBAWZA (KBZ) Bank announced yesterday that it got the nod from the Central Bank of Malaysia on Tuesday to open a representative office in Kuala Lumpur. “We will open the representative office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in the near future. We will announce the place for the representative office and the date for the […]

KBZ Gateway launches VSAT satellite system

KBZ Gateway Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Myanmar’s KBZ Group of Companies Ltd, launched the new generation Very Small Aperture Terminal-VSAT today to provide high-speed satellite services to customers in the country and to link with international communication systems. Speaking on the occasion, U Nyo Myint, Senior Executive Director of KBZ Group of Companies Ltd […]

No new shares to trade on YSX until July: underwriters

The first long-awaited initial public offerings on the Yangon Stock Exchange will not include any new shares, said underwriters, while the first company to raise fresh capital is unlikely to list until July. The YSX opened last December to much fanfare but with no stocks to trade. Crowds gathered, a giant bell was rung and […]

KBZ launches Yangon stock exchange settlement system

Kanbawza Bank signed yesterday with the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) to run settlement and clearing operations for Myanmar’s first modern bourse. Last April the bank was chosen from among six local private banks who applied for the role to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SECM) of Myanmar. It will be responsible for delivering payments for […]

Kanbawza Group eyes OTC market

Kanbawza Group is hoping to set up its own OTC market next year, with two of its entities already granted separate licences to operate as an underwriter and settlement bank for Yangon’s new stock exchange. The group is hoping to set up an OTC market early next year, and is looking for companies to collaborate […]

Military-linked tycoons claim political middle ground

Despite decades of benefiting from connections within the military and ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), many of Myanmar’s leading conglomerates have claimed to be politically neutral.   Spokespeople for some of the country’s most successful companies including Asia World, Htoo Group, Kanbawza (KBZ) Group and Max Myanmar said as private businesses they had […]

KBZ responds to Global Witness report

In light of a report published last week on Myanmar’s jade trade, officials from Kanbawza (KBZ) Group say their reputation is unlikely to be tarnished. The research, by non-profit Global Witness, claims that the illicit jade industry was worth up to US$31 billion last year alone, and is controlled by networks of military officials and […]

KBZ Eyes Niche Market with Credit Card

Local lender KBZ Bank has launched Myanmar’s first credit card recently, eyeing to tap into big businesses and high-income individuals’ needs for credit card in the country. Launched late last month, there were 500 applicants at the beginning, which has grown in its first week to 600, according to KBZ officials. U Nyo Myint, managing […]

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 […]