Local, Foreign Insurance Cos. readying to sell in Myanmar

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance is set to give the go-ahead to joint ventures between local and foreign insurance companies next month. The country’s insurance business regulatory board, which is overseen by the Ministry of Planning and Finance, is currently scrutinizing companies that have submitted requests for proposals (RFP), U Zaw Naing, the board’s […]

Foreign insurers bring disruption in untapped Myanmar market

Myanmar’s insurance market will soon face a sea change led by technologies and expertise brought in by foreign companies. A total of 14 foreign insurers will enter the Southeast Asian country’s market by the end of this year through either wholly owned subsidiaries or joint venture companies with local peers, the Nikkei Asian Review has […]

The wait’s nearly over for foreign insurers

After waiting years to enter the Myanmar market, foreign insurance companies have been told they can expect to be granted operating licences within months. The licences will be issued under an industry liberalisation plan that was delayed for more than a year – a hold-up that the regulator, the Insurance Business Regulatory Board, has defended […]

Foreign insurance firms can give Myanmar’s lagging insurance market a much-needed boost

It has been a long time coming, but foreign insurance companies will soon be able to operate in Myanmar. Plans to liberalise the insurance market in this way were first announced in 2011. But only now has the government given the regulations the go-ahead. It is too late for those companies that left after becoming […]

Foreign insurance firms may start operations by April 2019: regulator

Qualified foreign insurance providers will receive licenses to operate in Myanmar by April next year. “I can assure it is happening within the next 16 weeks,” U Thant Sin, Director of the Financial Regulatory Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance, said during the UK Capital Market and Insurance Conference in Yangon on December […]

Insurance industry progressing at slow pace, foreign competition needed: AMI

It has been five years since the government first allowed private insurance businesses to offer their services in Myanmar in 2013. But further liberalisation is needed and the authorities have been saying they are close to allowing foreign insurance providers to operate domestically. In August, U Zaw Naing, secretary of the Insurance Business Regulatory Board […]

Rise in Car Insurance

There has been a spike in sales of comprehensive personal car insurance over the past year, according to local insurance industry representatives. Managing director of state-owned Myanma Insurance U Aye Min Thein told The Myanmar Times that the number of comprehensive car insurance customers had risen from 27,000 to 60,000 in the past 12 months. “But [this] […]

Roadsters Told to Buckle up or Face Fines

Drivers be warned: Police will start enforcing a K30,000 (US$23) fine for not wearing a seatbelt starting on January 1. Yangon traffic police and AYA Myanmar Insurance launched an awareness campaign earlier this month in order to promote seatbelt usage, a long-neglected road safety measure. “According to international surveys, wearing a seatbelt while driving can reduce […]