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Rising interest in financial products: Visa

Myanmar people are receptive in adopting contactless payment methods, a study conducted by digital payments firm Visa reveals. Visa this week has published findings from its Consumer Payment Attitudes Study, which examines the perceptions, attitudes and behaviours Myanmar people have towards payment and emerging payment methods. It was based on face-to-face interviews of 504 people […]

Japan goes long on myanmar

Japan is playing a central role in assisting Myanmar’s ongoing financial reforms and attempts to achieve industrialisation. Japan is interested in Myanmar from both an industrial and a financial perspective, while Burmese officials see Japan as a natural partner for financial cooperation. Japan’s public–private assistance for financial development in Myanmar emerged in a Financial Services […]

Revenue Group to enter Myanmar market early next year

KUALA LUMPUR: Cashless service provide Revenue Group Bhd is expected to make inroads into Myanmar early next year. Its Group Chief Executive Officer, Eddie Ng Chee Siong said currently the group was awaiting approval from the authorities before it could enter into any partnership there. “We hope to collaborate with local companies there to strengthen […]

Insurance industry progressing at slow pace, foreign competition needed: AMI

It has been five years since the government first allowed private insurance businesses to offer their services in Myanmar in 2013. But further liberalisation is needed and the authorities have been saying they are close to allowing foreign insurance providers to operate domestically. In August, U Zaw Naing, secretary of the Insurance Business Regulatory Board […]

Loan scheme hinders SME growth

The availability of loan is one of the major challenges for development of Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Mandalay region, according to a talk on the challenges of the SMEs. Head of Mandalay Region SME Department said: “The major challenges of SMEs in Mandalay are: capital, technology, market penetration, access to information and infrastructural […]

JICA to lend US$100m to local SMEs in 2018-19

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will lend 11.5 billion Japanese yen (K151.685 billion) to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fiscal year of 2018-19 through domestic banks. This decision was officially announced on September 5. The JICA’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) two-step loan will be managed by state-owned Myanma Economic Bank under its SME […]

At least five more years needed for Myanmar to go cashless

Myanmar’s cash dependent economy has become a burden on the government’s coffers in recent years and a widespread adoption of an electronic payment system in the country is needed. Yet, experts say it could take a minimum of five more years for society to go cashless. “It costs the government money to print cash and […]

Mandalay city to seize low-cost apartments flipped by owners

The Mandalay City Development Authority will seize apartments that have been resold and re-rented in low-cost housing buildings for squatters, a senior city official has said. U Kyaw San Myint, a member of the authority, said his office is compiling a list of people occupying the buildings on Strand Road west of Mandalay city. City […]

UMFCCI suggests four points for the country’s economy

Zaw Min Win, President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) submitted the four-point suggestion to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. On August 27, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held a talk with local entrepreneurs at Nay Pyi Taw. The four points are: export promotion, […]

Construction sector to submit draft Apartment Law to parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar. The MLCA’s Apartment Law seeks to regulate apartment buildings developed on land areas of less than 20,000 sq ft. […]