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As banking opens up, Yoma Bank finds niche in SME loans and mortgages

With the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) having issues a slew of directives liberalising the Myanmar banking and financial sector over the past 24 months, chief executive Hal G Bosher is beginning to see positive opportunities for Yoma Bank in the years ahead. “The CBM has been implementing reforms to bolster confidence in the industry […]

Colliers Property Report – Colliers Myanmar Condo Q4 2018

SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS Towards the end of 2018, the citywide take-up rate remained below the 60% mark. Given the relatively poor sales performance of majority of condominium projects in Yangon, we embolden developers to start expanding their target market and introduce more low and mid residences. We predict that lower-tier but modern apartments and condominiums […]

Bankers seek clarity over foreign equity in Myanmar banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have flagged the need for further clarity in its provisions. U Than Lwin, senior advisor to KBZ Bank, said the CBM should […]

Concerns mount in the wake of Red Dot shutdown

Agents of Red Dot Network Ltd are unhappy that deposits paid to the now defunct payment solutions provider will likely not be returned to them. Red Dot’s system involves small terminals and trading balances. The firm buys credit from Myanmar’s telcos – Ooredoo, Telenor, MecTel and MPT – the same as that which shop owners […]

DAWN Microfinance gears up for higher borrower demand

Early Dawn Microfinance Company Ltd (DAWN) is expecting lending in Myanmar to pick up on the back of the launch of a credit bureau in the country later this year, and as the banking sector opens up. “Myanmar is already in the process of opening up the banking sector and we see opportunities to serve […]

Central Bank Allows Yen, Yuan Transactions

The Central Bank of Myanmar on Wednesday announced that it will now allow the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan to be used as a settlement currency for international payments and transfers. The move came after Chinese investors urged the Ministry for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations to reform Myanmar’s foreign currency exchange policies during the […]

MAB launches wealth banking service as competition rises

Myanmar Apex Bank (MAB) has launched a special wealth banking and rewards programme – MAB Gold Wealth Banking – for high net worth individuals in Myanmar. For now, the platform is targeting those who have the cash to place a minimum fixed deposit of K300 million as potential clients. Interest rates for fixed deposits are […]

Laxer Rules of Foreign Banks to Spur Trade, Central Bank Says

The Central Bank of Myanmar said its decision last week to let foreign banks operating in the country lend and provide other services to domestic companies will help exporters limited by local lenders finance their trade with the rest of the world. “We expect that they [foreign banks] will mainly provide foreign currency to the […]

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

It is 5pm on a Wednesday and Yangon’s streets are at a near standstill. Sunset comes early to this city of 7.36 million. Thankfully, since it is winter, the weather is cooler and drier than the rest of the year. So as dusk descends over some of the unruliest traffic in Asia – there are […]

Myanmar targets FDI from East Asia in long-term investment plan

Myanmar is gunning for more foreign direct investments (FDI) from East Asia in the next 20 years under its new Myanmar Investment Promotion Plan (MIPP), U Than Aung Kyaw, deputy director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) told The Myanmar Times at a book launch in Yangon on Thursday. Besides strengthening […]