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Exim Thailand ramps up support for Myanmar venturesCorporate

The Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Exim Thailand) is gearing up to provide more loans for Thai companies venturing into Myanmar on expectations of a long-awaited economic boom. The bank would provide more loans to Thai and Myanmar businesses that are considering using a wide range of Thai products in their commercial operations in Myanmar, said […]

CBM raises annual credit card rates to 20pc

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has raised annual credit card interest rates to 20 percent from 13pc as it wants to control unsecured lending operations, an official from the CBM told The Myanmar Times. The CBM announced that banks can charge a maximum of 20pc in interest rates on credit cards on April 24. […]

Myanmar Tourism Bank expands reach to support sector

Myanma Tourism Bank will open three branches in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw within the next two months, U Zin Ko Ko, deputy head of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) department at Myanmar Tourism Bank told The Myanmar Times. Myanmar Tourism Bank is one of five sector-specific banks granted a banking license by […]

Colliers Property Report – Myanmar Condo Q3 2018

NET TAKE-UP UNCHANGED AMID SLIM VOLUME OF UNITS LAUNCHED SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS Despite the limited number of units launched in Q3 2018, the citywide take-up rate remained unmoved. While we see more legislative efforts slowly taking shape, likely also to regain both buyers and developers’ confidence, addressing the overall affordability concern should primarily drive condominium […]

New city development needed to draw foreign investments: Chief Minister

Yangon must be developed further to free up space for new industrial zones and residences, which, in turn, will draw more foreign investors to the city, said U Phyo Min Thein, the region’s chief minister, during an August 24 press conference detailing his government’s plans for the coming quarters. The chief minister this year announced […]

ICBC Center inaugurated in Myanmar’s Yangon

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Yangon branch, the first Chinese commercial bank operating in Myanmar, has inaugurated its new center in Myanmar’s Yangon. At the opening ceremony on Friday, Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang hoped the ICBC Yangon branch to become one of the most powerful and efficient foreign banks in Myanmar and […]

Uber, Grab do things a little differently in Yangon

Uber Technologies and Grab, two of the biggest names in the ride-hailing business, are rapidly expanding in Myanmar’s largest city, where the spread of smartphones is unlocking big opportunities. Yangon’s authorities appear to have rolled out the welcome mat for them, viewing the services as a way to improve the city’s underdeveloped transport infrastructure. Going […]

In Myanmar, buying cars and homes with gunny sacks full of cash

Banks have even received deposits of S$10 million in bills, in a country where most still prefer cash in hand over credit. But could mobile wallets change all that? YANGON: At banks in Myanmar, it’s not unusual to see people lugging huge and heavy gunny sacks into the lobby. Once inside, they’ll split open the […]

‘Myanmar Banker Leadership Program’ launched

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), in collaboration with Myanmar Banks Association and Thammasat University, launches SCB Bankers Academy “Myanmar Banker Leadership Program”, the first program exclusively developed for Myanmar banking executives, according to a press release. To foster talent in the banking industry, the program is specially tailored for Myanmar banking executives to build skills and […]

Split visions of Dawei’s future as Thailand, Myanmar restart special economic zone project

The governments of Thailand and Myanmar are set to restart the development of the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone, after both countries set up a joint coordinating committee to work out investment details of the project. In 2008, both countries signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a massive land area of 200 […]