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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 […]

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 […]