Five sectors driving Myanmar’s economic growth in 2018-19

Myanmar’s economy has taken a beating in recent quarters, with a rising number of companies reporting tougher business conditions and a slowdown in market demand. One of the main reasons is the rising foreign exchange rate. Despite a slew of measures taken by the Central Bank, which included pumping millions of dollars from its reserves […]

Next finance minister expected to rescue confidence, speed up bank reforms

The government has to find someone who can pick up the baton swiftly and restore confidence to an increasingly frustrated business community since U Kyaw Win has resigned as planning and finance minister. With economic reforms slowing and plummeting of investor confidence, the next office-holder needs to communicate the reform blueprint to the private sector, […]

CB Bank successfully adapting to meet the needs of a new generation

Economic liberalisation came relatively late to Myanmar, but the country has been working hard to make up for its slow start. Following a military coup in 1962, the country was governed by an oppressive dictatorship and subsequently experienced the ignominy of being rated one of the least developed and most corrupt nations in the world. […]

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, […]

Strengthening Myanmar’s banking sector is key to economic growth

Central to Myanmar’s economic development is the reform of its finance sector and specifically its banking sector. Banks play a fundamental role in the transformation of market economies. Recently the government has enacted a series of laws intended to reform and strengthen its banking institutions to restore investors’ confidence and to make capital more accessible. […]

Japanese bank tests kyat currency hedge

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corporation is testing the use of forward exchange rate contracts in Myanmar, in response to clients eager for a way to hedge against kyat volatility. The Japanese lender is providing a forward contract to one of its Japanese clients, an official at the SMBC’s Yangon offices told The Myanmar Times. He said […]

Economic forum predicts more foreign investment in 2015-16

The energy sector will help fuel foreign investment in Myanmar during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That was the main message to come out of the Myanmar Global Investment Forum held in Nay Pyi Taw 15-16 September attended by over 800 local business people and foreign experts. For the last three years, Myanmar’s political and business […]

KBZ Bank on Myanmar’s strong future

Wide-reaching regulatory changes mean that there are far greater opportunities for Myanmar’s emerging banking sector The financial industry in Myanmar is in a phase of momentous transformation, with new market entrants in the banking sector, both local and foreign, the emergence of the private insurance sector, and the launch of the Yangon Stock Exchange driving […]

Foreign Bank Operations by 2014 “Unlikely”

Foreign banks will be allowed to operate financial services in Myanmar, but this issue is still under discussion and no exact time has been set, a top official from the Central Bank of Myanmar said. “We are still holding dialogues about the issue [of foreign banks operating in Myanmar]. The reports that foreign banks will […]