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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 […]

KB Kookmin Bank interested in expanding Myanmar business

KB Kookmin Bank, one of South Korea’s top four banks, is interested in expanding its presence in Myanmar with more financial products and services, especially in the areas of providing financing for housing and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs). KB Kookmin’s chief representative in Yangon, Kim Chang-woo, said the bank “is considering expanding its business in Myanmar […]

Only 4 consulting firms submit request for proposal to foreign bank selection group

Four firms out of eight consulting subsidiaries in Myanmar have submitted Requests for Proposal to provide consultation services for the selection of foreign banks. The RFPs were invited as the Central Bank of Myanmar is moving forward with the liberalization process. Following the announcement inviting RFPs, Deloitte Touche Myanmar Vigour Advisory Limited, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Myanmar […]

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 […]

Myanmar risks return to money-laundering watchlist

Myanmar has a high chance of falling back into the category of “high-risk” country on an international money-laundering watchlist because of its failure so far to impose and enforce adequate safeguards, according to officials and experts. They warn that Myanmar’s likely return next year to the “grey list” of states compiled by the Financial Action […]

As banking opens up, Yoma Bank finds niche in SME loans and mortgages

With the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) having issues a slew of directives liberalising the Myanmar banking and financial sector over the past 24 months, chief executive Hal G Bosher is beginning to see positive opportunities for Yoma Bank in the years ahead. “The CBM has been implementing reforms to bolster confidence in the industry […]

The emergence of Suukyinomics

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) administration in Myanmar has been heavily condemned by international policy analysts for its absent economic vision and lack of a tangible policy on minority management. But it seems now there is a plan: Suukyinomics, a brand that began with the announcement on 28–29 January […]

Colliers Property Report – Colliers Myanmar Condo Q4 2018

SUMMARY & RECOMMENDATIONS Towards the end of 2018, the citywide take-up rate remained below the 60% mark. Given the relatively poor sales performance of majority of condominium projects in Yangon, we embolden developers to start expanding their target market and introduce more low and mid residences. We predict that lower-tier but modern apartments and condominiums […]

QR code payment system set to launch this year

The Central Bank of Myanmar is set to implement a standardised national payment system by this year, says CBM Vice Governor U Bo Bo Nge. Daw Than Than Swe, director general of the CBM’s Financial Institutions Regulation Department, said to the Myanmar Times that the system will cover international payments, mobile wallets and all mobile […]

Bankers seek clarity over foreign equity in Myanmar banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have flagged the need for further clarity in its provisions. U Than Lwin, senior advisor to KBZ Bank, said the CBM should […]