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CB Bank, Telenor launch new Visa card

Telenor Myanmar, CB Bank and Visa last week launched a new CB-Telenor Visa card in Myanmar, days after the Central Bank of Myanmar on April 24 raised annual credit card interest rates to 20pc from 13pc to put a lid on runaway credit card debt. Nevertheless, the companies believe this will appeal to a growing […]

Tough time for Mandalay’s iron smelting businesses

The iron smelting industry using iron scraps is facing challenges to survive, according to the business managers and owners in Mandalay. The industry’s challenges include the lack of technology, capital, skilled labour as well as regional competition – key difficulties shared by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in other sectors. What iron melting factories in […]

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 […]

Grab on fast track to growth in Myanmar

Grab, a leading ridehailing service provider in Southeast Asia, is making plans to continue as the market leader in Myanmar with its new offerings for passengers and driver-partners, according to Alvin Loh, the firm’s acting country manager for Myanmar. Loh said in an interview that more and more passengers are enjoying ridehailing services operated by […]

CB Bank successfully adapting to meet the needs of a new generation

Economic liberalisation came relatively late to Myanmar, but the country has been working hard to make up for its slow start. Following a military coup in 1962, the country was governed by an oppressive dictatorship and subsequently experienced the ignominy of being rated one of the least developed and most corrupt nations in the world. […]

Mobile money services make waves in Myanmar

Seven years ago, the country had virtually no formal banking sector. Now, its clunkier commercial lenders face extinction thanks to the arrival of exciting new mobile money services whose mission is to march onwards and upwards. Brad Jones wasn’t sure what to expect when he moved to Yangon in early 2015 to become chief executive […]

Nationwide expansion to drive Wave Money’s growth

Though 80 per cent of the population remains unserved by Myanmar’s banking system, Wave Money aims to enjoy much higher growth over the next few years thanks to its continuous expansion of distribution network, said the firm’s top executive. Brad Jones, chief executive officer of Wave Money, said in an exclusive interview the firm has […]

Innoveller transforms bus industry, but faces payment, policy roadblocks

For Ko Kyaw Kyaw Win, co-founder of Innoveller Co Ltd, the opportunity to digitise and expand the Myanmar bus services industry was obvious. With hundreds of express buses departing across the country each day and no central platform to aggregate those routes, the solution to clearing up operator inefficiencies and passenger frustrations was clear. “There […]

CB Bank Leads Myanmar’s Drive for Digitalisation

After years of isolation, Myanmar opened up to the global economy in 2010, and its banking sector sprung to life. Consequently, foreign direct investments started to flow, particularly towards the telecommunications sector. Myanmar’s mobile phone penetration, once at one of the lowest levels in the world, has grown to 90 percent in recent years, with […]

ATM makers eye Myanmar market

Global automated teller machine (ATM) makers are locked in a race for market share in Myanmar, where more than 90 percent of the population remains unbanked. US-listed NCR Corporation is one, while Diebold Nixdorf, a recent merger between US-based Diebold and Germany’s Windcor Nixdorf, is another. With less than 2,000 ATMs installed in the country, […]