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Thailand’s KBank to acquire 35% stake in Myanmar’s A Bank

Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank (KBank) is preparing to invest in Ayeyarwaddy Farmers Development Bank (A Bank) in Myanmar, according to government data. The Myanmar Times understands that the Thai bank is looking to buy a 35 percent stake in the A Bank and has sought approval from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) to do so. […]

Can Myanmar’s state-owned banks turn challenges into opportunities?

Myanmar’s state-owned banks (SOBs) are currently at a crossroads. Following the opening-up of the banking system, the state-owned banks have been pushed to catch up with rapidly-growing private banks, many of which have invested in technology, digitising operations and expanding mobile services. Responding to competition, the four state-owned banks are taking steps to diversify their […]

First round of bank licences under Suu Kyi govt announced

Myanmar will initiate the first round of foreign bank licencing under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, aimed at further opening up an industry that was formerly closed off to international players. The central bank announced that banks can apply for either a branch licence – which allows a range of wholesale banking activities – […]

Company of Former Myanmar Dictator’s Grandson Among 4 Sued for Unpaid Loans

YANGON—AYA Bank, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, has sued four companies— including one owned by a grandson of late military dictator Gen. Ne Win—for unpaid loans, according to the Yangon Region High Court. The bank has sued Omni Focus Co, owned by U Ne Win’s grandson U Kyaw Ne Win, along with […]

Korean firms flock to ‘Asia’s last frontier’ Myanmar

In line with President Moon Jae-in’s tour of Southeast Asia this week, South Korean business leaders and ranking officials visited Myanmar, the reclusive country bordering China — that is opening up now. Several of them chose to visit Myanmar exclusively –- from Tuesday to Thursday — skipping Moon’s other destinations such as Thailand and Laos. […]

Insurance, banking and electricity to see more investor interest

While the oil and gas industry has the seen the most interest from investors, banking and financial services, telecommunications and the manufacturing industries are expected to be the focus in the years ahead as the country’s economy grows. Data from the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) shows that since 2016, the manufacturing industries […]

How banking will affect foreign equity in Myanmar

As part of ongoing efforts to liberalise the financial services industry and increase credit to the private sector, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has introduced regulations to facilitate foreign investment in domestic lenders. On January 29 the CBM issued Regulation No 1/2019, allowing foreign banks and financial institutions to hold equity of up to […]

Microsoft eyes rapid growth in Myanmar

DRIVEN by the need for digital transformation in both public and private sectors in Myanmar, Microsoft Corporation, a US technology giant, is confident of rapid growth in the country, according to Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director of Microsoft for Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and Laos. Kabir said in an exclusive interview with The Nation that […]

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 […]