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China suspends rice imports from Myanmar after bank freezes

] Chinese merchants have suspended its rice imports from China-Myanmar border after a freeze on bank accounts of merchants, said Than Oo, secretary of Bayintnaung Rice Brokerage Center. “Rice prices remain unchanged as China has suspended rice imports from Myanmar. Rice prices will go up when there are high demands from China. Rice trading is […]

Regulatory roadmap needed for banking sector reform

Myanmar needs to establish a regulatory roadmap for the banking sector. This will give the local banks more clarity on the progress and timing of upcoming regulations, allowing them to gear up for further reform and growth. “Carrying out regulatory reform at an unmeasured pace can cause trouble,” said Azeem Azimuddin, CFO of Ayeyarwady Bank, […]

Grab to invest US$100m in Myanmar as smartphone use surges

[SINGAPORE] Grab, Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing app, plans to invest US$100 million in Myanmar as it extends its battle with Uber Technologies to capture exploding use of smartphones. Grab will invest the money over the next three years and work with local governments to expand ride-hailing to more cities and roll out services such as […]

Muse trade rises again after merchant accounts unfrozen

The Muse land port of entry saw trade values increase by US$100 million in first four months of the current financial year compared to same period of last year, said the merchants engaged in Muse border trade. The increase in trade is due, in part, to the unfreezing of bank accounts by China after a […]

China freezes bank accounts of Myanmar companies

Three banks in Yunnan Province, China froze the bank accounts of over 100 Myanmar companies engaged in border trade last week over possible links to illegal internet gambling and smuggling, prompting swift action from the Union Minister for Commerce to try and reopen the accounts, according to officials in China and Myanmar. The frozen accounts […]

Traders wish for negotiations with Chinese for blocked bank accounts

Traders want the State to enter into negotiations with the Chinese government over 1,000 bank accounts of Myanmar merchants which are frozen by Chinese banks, merchants said. The Chinese government blocked the bank accounts which are used in transactions in the course of taking actions against illegal importers from Myanmar and Viet Nam. The bank […]

Savers stuck with bank deposits despite negative real rates

Bank accounts remain the most popular choice of investment for savers, despite inflation running higher than commercial banks’ deposit rates, said financial industry sources. Bank workers count cash in a branch in Yangon. StaffBank workers count cash in a branch in Yangon. Staff Sources at several commercial banks said there had been no decrease in […]