Traders expect better business on wider trade financing options

Now that the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has allowed a total of seven foreign banks to provide trade financing services in Myanmar, traders are anticipating much better business in the months ahead. Last December, the CBM permitted 13 foreign banks to apply for approval to offer trade financing services in the country. Since then, […]

Fighting against potential financial risks

Reading through the 7/2017 directive by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) on the implementation of the Asset Classification and Provisioning Regulation, the words and phrases that captured my attention were: “cash flow pattern of the borrower”, “credit risk analysis” and “term loans with up to a maximum maturity of three years.” These technical terms […]

Kyat Hits Strongest Level Against Dollar in Over a Year

The Myanmar kyat appreciated to its strongest level against the US dollar in a year after the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) set its daily reference rate at K1,345 per dollar on Tuesday. The kyat had weakened to K1,360 against the dollar last year. It opened this year at K1,361. The kyat hit a record […]

Myanmar Takes Small Steps Towards Providing Greater Liquidity for SMEs

A rising number of start-ups as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are emerging in Myanmar as business opportunities rise. However, many companies fail to achieve their full potential and contribute substantially to the economy because capital assistance is lacking in the country. In Myanmar, banks require collateral in the form of property before […]

Online Tax Payment System to Be Introduced in February

Instead of making tax payments in cash, a more convenient online payment system will be implemented by the state banks early next year, said deputy director general Dr Khine Shwe Whar from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM). “This online customer-to-customer transfer (CCT) payment system will start in February 2018,” she said in a meeting […]

Strengthening Myanmar’s banking sector is key to economic growth

Central to Myanmar’s economic development is the reform of its finance sector and specifically its banking sector. Banks play a fundamental role in the transformation of market economies. Recently the government has enacted a series of laws intended to reform and strengthen its banking institutions to restore investors’ confidence and to make capital more accessible. […]

New marine breeding zones in Twante, Yangon to accelerate GDP growth

The plan will be implemented in the Twante and Yangon areas, he said at the meeting with the vice president and businesses. “The current government is very much interested in the fisheries sector. The sector can contribute immediate benefits for faster GDP growth. So, negotiations are underway to implement a special fisheries project in Twante […]

Central Bank Issues Regulation to Avoid Large Risk Exposure

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has issued a regu­lation in efforts to curb the risks faced by lenders when taking on large ex­posure loans. The Large Exposure Regulation mandates that banks cannot lend be­yond 20 percent of their core capital to any single borrower, thus minimizing the bank’s exposure should the borrower de­fault. “Capping […]

CBM Restrictions on Foreign Banks to be lifted ‘Soon’- Deputy Governor

The governor of the the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has said restrictions that stop foreign banks offer­ing retail services in My­anmar will be lifted ‘soon’. Deputy Governor U Set Aung told a July 10 Pyithu Hluttaw meeting that it’s time foreign banks were allowed to open branches across the nation and pro­vide their retail […]

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 […]