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Latest CBM ruling seen as setback for cashless transactions

An announcement from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) disallowing the use of prepaid cards in the local currency is a step backwards for cashless transactions, industry observers said. The CBM, which made the announcement on July 25, said prepaid cards with a limit of US$5,000 issued by local banks in partnership with foreign financial […]

CBM to approve QR code payment transactions soon

Digital payments using QR codes will be introduced to Myanmar as soon as the framework for such payments are ready. Shanghai-based financial services company UnionPay International’s (UPI) QR code system accessible through mobile phones would be made available when the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) makes the official announcement. UPI operates as a subsidiary of […]

In Myanmar, buying cars and homes with gunny sacks full of cash

Banks have even received deposits of S$10 million in bills, in a country where most still prefer cash in hand over credit. But could mobile wallets change all that? YANGON: At banks in Myanmar, it’s not unusual to see people lugging huge and heavy gunny sacks into the lobby. Once inside, they’ll split open the […]