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Banks in Myanmar ease repayment policy to help clients

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has permitted local banks to restructure and reschedule existing loan repayments to help their clients, CBM Deputy Governor U Soe Min, told The Myanmar Times. While the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be quantified, it is expected that businesses will bear the brunt of a […]

Myanmar central bank reinstates banking hours after complaints emerge

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has reinstated banking hours to 9.30am-3pm starting May 12, after businesses and the public urged it to reconsider the current hours in the country. The CBM on April 28 instructed local banks to open from 10am to 2pm for the duration of COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the […]

Banking hours now 10am-2pm starting April 28

All banks in Myanmar will open from 10am to 2pm starting April 28 and last for the duration of COVID-19, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) said on April 24. The decision was made after a video conference between the CBM and private banks on April 21 with the aim of controlling the spread of […]

Myanmar Central Bank Cuts Rates by Another 1.5 Percentage Points Amid COVID-19 Slowdown

YANGON—The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has cut its key interest rates by a further 1.5 percentage points as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on the country’s economy. This is the third time the CBM has reduced rates since it announced a 0.5 percentage point cut on March 12, followed by […]

Insurers authorised to provide bancassurance in Myanmar

Prudential Myanmar Life Insurance Limited, a subsidiary of UK-based Prudential plc, has signed a partnership with Yoma Bank to provide Myanmar customers with life insurance solutions. The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding allowing Yoma Bank to distribute Prudential Myanmar’s savings and protection products at its branches across the country, according to a release […]

SCB waits on new Myanmar licence

Siam Commercial Bank plans to open its first branch in Myanmar this year if the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) grants a bank subsidiary licence, says a SCB senior official. If approved, SCB will upgrade the existing representative office to a branch, said first executive vice-president Kamalkant Agarwal. The bank needs time to develop infrastructure […]

Myanmar Credit Bureau to commence operations in April

Myanmar will start the process of disbursing loans supported with credit assessments from the Myanmar Credit Bureau by April, Daw Than Than Swe, director general of the Financial Institutions Supervision Department under the Central Bank of Myanmar, said in Yangon on February 18. “The credit bureau will commence operations in late April,” she said. However, […]

Businesses lament bank rules on transfers

The practice by local banks of only allowing foreign exchange transfers after showing bills of lading is an obstacle for businesses in making trade transactions, say some business owners. After the amendment of regulations governing the management of foreign exchange transactions in the country, the Central Bank of Myanmar began allowing foreign exchange (forex) transfers […]

SCB wants Myanmar licence

Siam Commercial Bank is seeking approval from the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) to upgrade SCB’s representative office to operate under a bank subsidiary licence in the neighbouring country. The subsidiary model would offer SCB greater opportunities to do banking business in Myanmar, said chief executive Arthid Nanthawitthaya. Among the three options that the CBM […]

Treasury bonds gain momentum

The market for government bonds is picking up and now covers the budget deficit, but some players say the Central Bank of Myanmar needs to do more to boost sales. By KYAW LIN HTOON | FRONTIER MYANMAR’S treasury bond market is beginning to gain momentum in a development that is generating more funding for the […]