Launch of Ooredoo’s Mobile Money Service Edges Closer

Telco Ooredoo has moved a step clos­er to launching its mobile payment service after it announced it has partnered with local lend­er CB Bank. The Qatar-backed telco says it has completed test­ing and established an internal management sys­tem but is now waiting on licence approval from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM). The sevice called […]

Credit Guarantee Insurance Not Helping Small Businesses

  Credit guarantee insurance was introduced under the former government in 2014 but the system has not been widely adopted by banks and businesses. As a result, financial support for SMEs remains inadequate. So far, CB bank has offered loans to 21 businessmen, KBZ has given loans to only three, and banks are still unable […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]

Banks Push Credit Cards But Customers Question Convenience

​​ Credit cards are increasingly common in Myanmar, with most of the bigger lenders offering the product. But people in the banking sector say it will take around five years until credit cards are widely used. Pre-paid cards and debit cards starting appearing in Myanmar almost five years ago. But credit cards, which disappeared in […]

ICB Bank to Double the Size of its ATM Network in 2017

​​ RANGOON — The locally-owned Co-Operative Bank Limited (CB Bank) plans to double its network of ATM machines in 2017, it announced on Friday. CB Bank will purchase both ATM machines and customer self-service machines from the company Diebold Nixdorf, which operates in North Canton, Ohio, United States and in Paderborn, Germany. Diebold Nixdorf has […]

Central Bank Plans Level Playing Field for Foreign Payment Firms

​​ CB Bank and KBZ have both partnered with Visa following the Central Bank’s decision to allow foreign payment firms to operate independently in Myanmar. But the Central Bank has clarified that this is a select response to requests from four specific firms, not an official shift in policy. Visa and KBZ issued a joint […]

First Private Bank Cleared for Listing

​​ First Private Bank will become the fourth firm to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this month. The lender, which claims the oldest banking licence in Myanmar, has published its finances, expansion plans and fears ahead of the listing – offering a window into the challenges facing the country’s smaller banks at the start […]

Visa Hits Out at Central Bank Regulations

​​ Central bank regulations that bar people with domestically- issued Visa cards from making transactions within Myanmar are hindering the company’s expansion plans, according to a senior executive. Arturo Planell, Visa’s Country Manager for Myanmar, said last week that the regulations were one of the reasons electronic payments have failed to make bigger inroads in […]

Master Card and Visa Card users of CB Bank can deposit a minimum of US$10

Mast erCard and Visa card customers of Co-operative Bank (CB Bank) can now deposit a minimum of US$10 through Mobile Banking of CB Bank, it is learnt from an announcement released by CB Bank on 11th October. Previously, MasterCard and Visa card users had to deposit a minimum of US$50. But they can now make […]