Yangon stock exchange seeks foreign investor interest

THE Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) recently had a few champagne moments with the first “real” initial public offering by a Myanmar telecom company. And even while the bubbly was still fizzing another company was eyeing a listing. And, the moment foreign investors had been waiting for is almost here. For a start, foreigners residing in […]

MySQUAR Raises Funds To Cover Acquisition Of MyPay Myanmar (ALLISS)

LONDON (Alliance News) – Myanmar-language social media platform MySQUAR Ltd on Wednesday announced a fundraising after agreeing a deal to buy MyPay Myanmar Ltd for GBP2.0 million in cash and shares. The company will acquire payments business MyPay Myanmar from MyPay Ltd to develop its smartphone payments systems, which are anticipated to provide “substantial” revenues […]

Despite President’s pledge, credit still inaccessible for SMEs

Myanmar will launch its first credit bureau within the next month, President U Win Myint said during his Myanmar New Year speech last week. But industry insiders warn that the move would not bring immediate benefits to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). According to the President, the inaugural credit bureau should commence in […]

Myanmar insurance industry poised for reform, awaits liberalisation

Insurance providers in Myanmar can expect a more competitive and promising landscape on which to do business in the near future. With market liberalisation, which will enable firms to offer a wider variety of insurance products, on the government’s agenda, local and foreign providers alike have already started training staff and building management and IT […]

Accounts must be in order for SMEs to qualify for loans

The lack of proper accounts, financial statements and a solid business plan is one of the biggest obstacles to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) qualifying for loans, banking officials said at a recent discussion on access to capital organised by MFITRIX, a financial training school. “When obtaining loans, the banks need to review each applicant’s […]

A New Harbinger of Good Governance – Myanmar’s Institute of Directors

This week marks the launch of an important market institution – the Myanmar Institute of Directors (MIoD), the first independent, private sector-led organization promoting best corporate governance standards and practices in the country. This is a significant step in Myanmar’s ongoing market reforms and sends a strong signal to the global business community the country’s […]

Private banks loan Ks 868.733 bln to SMEs

Until December, 2017, private banks have granted a Ks 319.228 billion loan to the agricultural and livestock sector and Ks 868.733 billion to small and medium-sized enterprises, said Soe Thein, Vice-governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar. MP Kyaw Htwe representing Yangon Region Constituency-8, raised a question on the policies set for the establishment of […]

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, […]

KBZ Bank partners with Action Aid Myanmar to assist female farmers for financial assistance

Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), the largest privately-owned bank in Myanmar, is to support the improvement of the standards of living for women agricultural producers in the central part of Myanmar by providing access for financing, partnering with Action Aid Myanmar, a non-profit organisation operating here since 2006. “As the first year pilot phase, we have […]

Construction sector under threat from high tax, interest rates

Unreasonably high tax and interest rates could lead to the collapse of Mandalay’s already ailing construction sector, U Shein Win, vice chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneur Association (MCEA) told The Myanmar Times last Friday. Capital gains tax on the sale of a property in Myanmar is currently 30 percent, which is deterring activity in […]