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Pwint Thit Sa 2020 to assess donations, reflect strengthened regulation

Myanmar’s leading corporate transparency report this year will assess company donations and reflect the country’s strengthened regulations, said the report’s authors. Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), in partnership with Yever, a Myanmar business consultancy, initiated the research phase of the 2020 report on Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises, also known as Pwint Thit Sa. […]

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 […]

Cash’s Crown Starts to Slip in the Business-to-Business Sector

Every day, the 25-year-old collects bricks of notes – equivalent to many times his K300,000-a-month salary – from businesses in northern Yangon’s Insein Township. After counting the notes, Kyaw Zaya adds the balance to the mobile banking account of each business and deposits the cash with an agent for Yangon-based fintech company Ongo. Kyaw Zaya […]

Taking a Quantum Leap to Revamp Myanmar’s Economy

YANGON—Since last year, Myanmar officials responsible for drumming up foreign investment have been shuttling between Naypyitaw and Asian countries to pitch the government’s latest legal, procedural, and institutional reforms to potential investors as part of efforts to revitalize the country’s economy. State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi often highlights foreign direct investment (FDI) as […]

No need to be worried about bank loan rumours: CBM

Rumours of runaway non-performing loans (NPLs) at local banks are unfounded and the public has nothing to be concerned about, Daw Khin San Hlaing, chair of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Banking and Financial Development Committee, said after a meeting between the committee and central bank on Tuesday evening. “The CBM reassured us that private banks are […]

Central Bank deputy chief says businesses should pay loans

Banks have a fiduciary duty to ensure that the financial system remains sound and secure by adhering to regulations. Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) deputy governor U Soe Thein said in remarks to the Pyithu Hluttaw on August 27 that this included ensuring that depositors do not lose their money and that banks collect what […]

Tourism ministry orders industry dedollarization

YANGON—For the second time, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) has ordered business owners in the Myanmar tourism industry to stop collecting payments in the form of U.S. dollars. If companies want to continue accepting U.S. dollars, a letter sent by the MOHT to the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) said, they must apply to […]

Economy outlook positive pending reform acceleration, says World Bank

After a period of volatility during the six-month transition period between April and September 2018, growth in Myanmar has stabilised and the economy is expected to expand at a rate of 6.5 percent in the current 2018-19 fiscal year, according to the World Bank’s June 2019 Myanmar Economic Monitor. Supported by higher productivity in the […]

CB Bank, Telenor launch new Visa card

Telenor Myanmar, CB Bank and Visa last week launched a new CB-Telenor Visa card in Myanmar, days after the Central Bank of Myanmar on April 24 raised annual credit card interest rates to 20pc from 13pc to put a lid on runaway credit card debt. Nevertheless, the companies believe this will appeal to a growing […]

Central Bank Cautions Public on Digital Currencies

YANGON—The Central Bank of Myanmar warned against the use and trade of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, saying the buying, selling or exchange of digital currency can lead to losses on the consumer’s side. On Friday, the Central Bank released a statement saying it is the sole issuer and supervisor of the domestic currency […]