Myanmar firms jittery over upcoming AEC

YANGON • Urbane, British-educated Thuta Aung, general secretary of a trade task force from Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce, ventured to the rural riverside town of Hpa-an in the country’s south-east last month. The town sits on the banks of the Thanlwin about 300km from Yangon, the commercial centre of about 420,000 people. It is the […]

Banks need incentive to take grain instead of gold

Two domestic banks have agreed to offer loans backed by commodities, allowing farmers to pledge items like beans and pulses as collateral for access to competitively priced financing for the first time. However, the appeal of warehouse receipt financing may be limited, as capped interest rates mean the lenders have little incentive to take on […]