Regulatory roadmap needed for banking sector reform

Myanmar needs to establish a regulatory roadmap for the banking sector. This will give the local banks more clarity on the progress and timing of upcoming regulations, allowing them to gear up for further reform and growth. “Carrying out regulatory reform at an unmeasured pace can cause trouble,” said Azeem Azimuddin, CFO of Ayeyarwady Bank, […]

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. […]

Myanmar moves forward

The government of Myanmar is about to take dramatic steps to spur economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalised and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already under way. These planned changes in ministerial personnel are aimed at strengthening the government’s leadership […]

Can the central bank’s new guard save businesses in Myanmar?

Among the nominees for deputy governor are economist and retired Budget Department of the Ministry of Planning and Finance officer U Soe Thein, incumbent deputy governor U Soe Min and existing member of the board U Bo Bo Nge. Meanwhile, the newcomers to the Board include former deputy director general of the Union Attorney General’s […]

Sales of apartments booming thanks to instalment payments

Instalment housing under K30 million are experiencing strong sales within the real estate market, according to U Yan Aung, general manager of Asia Construction. “Within the market, sales of instalment housing in the lower price range, ranging from around K10 million, are booming. The majority of the people are purchasing normal apartment units with an […]

Economy to Grow by Seven Percent This Fiscal Year, Observer Group Predicts

RANGOON — Burma’s economy is predicted to grow by at least seven percent in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years after growth of six percent last fiscal year, predicted regional observer group ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO). Moderate growth in Burma last fiscal year (6.3 percent) compared to 7.3 percent the year before was […]

Central Bank to approve credit bureau to ease up loan services

For the setting up of a credit bureau, Myanmar Banks Association and a Singapore-based company – which has been operating a credit bureau – have submitted forms to the Central Bank of Myanmar that will allow collaboration between the two organisations, the official said on April 26. On March 31, the Central Bank of Myanmar […]

World Bank to Loan $100 Million to Myanmar Financial Development Project

WORLD Bank and government representatives recently signed an agreement for a US$100 million (K134.9 billion) World Bank loan to the Myanmar Financial Development Project in mid-April. The representatives signed the loan for SDR71.700 million, which equals US$100 million, from the World Bank with low interest. Ulrich Zachau, country director, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Pacific […]

Credit Guarantee Insurance Not Helping Small Businesses

  Credit guarantee insurance was introduced under the former government in 2014 but the system has not been widely adopted by banks and businesses. As a result, financial support for SMEs remains inadequate. So far, CB bank has offered loans to 21 businessmen, KBZ has given loans to only three, and banks are still unable […]

NLD’s One-Year Anniversary: Government’s Economic Focus a Little Thin on Substance (I)

While a year has passed since the new government proclaimed “It’s time for change”, there’s no evidence of substantive changes for the private sector. Bureaucracy, lack of policy clarity and political uncertainty have dampened the mood of businesses. One year has almost passed since the new government took office with the slogan that shouts “It’s […]