Strengthening Myanmar’s banking sector is key to economic growth

Central to Myanmar’s economic development is the reform of its finance sector and specifically its banking sector. Banks play a fundamental role in the transformation of market economies. Recently the government has enacted a series of laws intended to reform and strengthen its banking institutions to restore investors’ confidence and to make capital more accessible. […]

Thai Exim Bank opens first overseas rep office in Yangon

THE Export-Import Bank of Thailand is opening its first overseas representative office today to support Thai companies investing in 18 infrastructure projects in Myanmar worth more than Bt700 billion. The new office is in Yangon, the country’s commercial capital. Woramin Thavarabha, Exim Bank’s chief representative in Myanmar, said in an interview yesterday that Thai investors […]

Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank begins Myanmar operations with opening of Yangon office

June 10, Yangon: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon opened its representative office in Yangon on Monday, 8th June, formally launching its operations in Myanmar, initially to offer Advisory Services to Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi businesses wishing to enter that country, and to arrange Banking and Advisory facilities, funds transfer and encashment services. Commercial Bank is […]

IFC provides local bank US$ 5 million for trade financing

YANGON—The International Finance Corporation announced on Tuesday that it has provided a US$ 5 million trade finance facility to locally-owned Myanmar Oriental Bank Limited that will allow the bank to help local companies increase their imports and exports, generate more foreign exchange, and create jobs. This facility will enhance MOB’s capacity to cover the payment […]

Gov’t, IFC ink deal to improve Myanmar’s investment policy

YANGON—The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Myanmar’s Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development to support its efforts to improve the country’s investment policy and regulation framework. “This will make it easier to do business in Myanmar and help stimulate domestic private sector growth and attract sustainable foreign […]

Capital-hungry Myanmar firms cautiously drawn to Singapore listings

“Many Myanmar business owners admire the reputation of Singapore Inc and look forward to raising their own prestige that comes with a Singapore listing,” said Kim Huat Chia, head of corporate & capital markets at Singapore law firm Rajah & Tann. But hurdles to successful offerings are high. Singapore’s bourse says while it has seen […]