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Myanmar Court Freezes Bank Accounts of Fugitive Monk U Wirathu

YANGON—The Yangon Western District Court issued a warrant on Wednesday freezing the bank accounts of fugitive ultranationalist monk U Wirathu. According to police in Maha Aung Myay Township, where U Wirathu lived before going on the run, the monk has an account balance of more than 12.5 million kyats (US$8,200) at Myanma Economic Bank Branch […]

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 […]

Yangon gov’t makes losses in bus services: Auditor General

Yangon Region government took a loan of Ks-eight billion from Ayeyarwady Bank as it had no sufficient money to buy 1,000 new buses, according to an audit report submitted by Khin Than Hla, Yangon Region Auditor General for 2016-2017 fiscal year, at the session of Yangon region parliament on September 14. On behalf of Yangon […]

Private banks loan Ks 868.733 bln to SMEs

Until December, 2017, private banks have granted a Ks 319.228 billion loan to the agricultural and livestock sector and Ks 868.733 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises, said Soe Thein, Vice-governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar. MP Kyaw Htwe representing Yangon Region Constituency-8, raised a question on the policies set for the establishment of […]

AYA Bank, MPU, JCB Introduce First Corporate Credit Card in Myanmar

Yangon and Tokyo, Nov 14, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank), a major commercial bank in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced that AYA Bank has launched the AYA Universal Corporate […]

Interbank cash transfers available with single ATM card next year

Money transfer services will be available through a single ATM card from next year onwards, U Mya Than, non-executive director and former chair of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), told The Myanmar Times. With a single ATM card issued by any of the 23 local banks under the MPU network, users will be able to perform […]

ATM makers eye Myanmar market

Global automated teller machine (ATM) makers are locked in a race for market share in Myanmar, where more than 90 percent of the population remains unbanked. US-listed NCR Corporation is one, while Diebold Nixdorf, a recent merger between US-based Diebold and Germany’s Windcor Nixdorf, is another. With less than 2,000 ATMs installed in the country, […]

Chin State SMEs to Be Eligible For K8.5 bn Worth of JICA Loans

Chin State’s small and medium busi­nesses (SMEs) will be eligible for up to K8.4 billion worth of small loans which the govern­ment plans to make avail­able later this financial year, a union minister has said. The funds are the re­mainder of a K50 billion Japanese loan granted to the government for the development of local […]

Yangon govt ‘invests’ Ks70bn in YBS

Yangon Bus Public Company Ltd (YBPC) has deposited Ks70 billion at the Ayeyarwady Bank for the Yangon Bus Service (YBS), according to Myint Thaung, the regional minister for planning and finance. Replying to the question raised by Sandar Min, an MP representing Seikgyi Khanaungto constituency no.1, about investment, profit-sharing and the business plan for the […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]