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CBM extends WeChat Pay pilot phase by three months

The pilot phase for the use of the WeChat Pay service in Myanmar has been extended for a second three-month period, Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) director general Daw Myint Myint Kyi said. The pilot phase began in February when the CBM approved the request of Paypb Co Ltd for the use of the WeChat […]

GrabPay sets sights on Cambodia and Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing group plans to take its mobile payments service into Cambodia and Myanmar as it expands its range of businesses throughout ASEAN countries, according to a senior executive. Reuben Lai, senior managing director of the Singapore-based company’s financial arm, identified the two countries as next on the list. Grab’s ride-hailing app is […]

Alibaba buys Rocket Internet’s Daraz to expand its e-commerce empire into South Asia

Alibaba has expanded its e-commerce empire into South Asia after the Chinese internet giant acquired Daraz in an undisclosed deal. Daraz was founded in 2012 by Rocket Internet and today it operates in Pakistan as well as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Rocket said in a statement that Alibaba has acquired the entire Daraz […]

Myanmar’s mobile money services poised for expansion

THE rapid increase in the ranks of smartphone users in Myanmar is providing opportunities for the marketing of mobile money services in the country, a forum has heard. Stephen Swan, head of product and digital at Wave Money Myanmar, which provides the nation’s leading mobile wallet, said mobile penetration rates in Myanmar had exceeded all […]

Ecommerce services for payment to start

Local consumers are increasingly taking to the web to make a deal, yet paying for products is still a major headache. While services like US-based PayPal and China’s AliPay are making it easy for seamless e-commerce around the world, Myanmar is still a cash-based society, with few of the solutions that has helped drive online […]

Viber focuses on Myanmar market where its user base has grown exponentially in 3 years to 5 million.

I attended the media event held by Viber in Yangon this afternoon. Viber is the mobile messaging company that was bought over by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten for US$900 million early this year. The team led by Miss Crystal Lee – Viber Country Manager for Philippines showed impressive Myanmar market share figure from OnDevice’s research […]