Overseas expansion plans heat up at Myanmar banks

Aya Bank plans to open representative offices overseas, while competitor KBZ Bank says it has applied to move into countries such as Japan and South Korea, in a sign that Myanmar’s banks are growing bolder in exploring overseas markets. If successful, AYA would become the second Myanmar lender to expand beyond national borders – KBZ became […]

Kanbawza Bank Will Be The First Myanmar Bank to Open International Representative Office in Thailand

KANBAWZA Bank (KBZ Bank) Limited, part of the KBZ Group of companies, has officially received a licence to open a representative office in Thailand. This licence from the Bank of Thailand makes KBZ Bank the first Myanmar bank to establish a presence in Thailand, or anywhere outside Myanmar. It is the first step towards a […]

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 […]

KBZ chosen as settlement bank for upcoming stock exchange

KBZ, the country’s largest private bank, has been chosen to run settlement and clearing operations for the forthcoming Yangon Stock Exchange, according to KBZ senior managing director U Than Cho. The bank has the widest network among private banks and has the digital integration necessary for a settlement bank, he said. “We can serve buyers […]