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 […]

Myanmar and ASEAN A Great Unknown to Trump

Eric Rose is lead director of Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose (“HRMR”), the first US law firm established in Myanmar. HRMR is a founding member of the American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar, and Mr Rose serves on its Executive Committee, and also chairs its HR Committee. In an exclusive interview with the Myanmar Times, he […]

KBZ Bank ‘Open to Foreign Investors’

​​ RANGOON — KBZ Bank is willing to sell a stake in its operations to a foreign investor if the law permits, according to a report. Existing laws do not permit foreign investors to hold stakes in local banks in Burma, but changes are being considered this year to the Companies Act that could allow […]

Thai Exim Bank to open rep office in Yangon

The Export-Import Bank of Thailand will open a representative office in Yangon, Myanmar, in April to assist the start-up or expansion of Thai companies there. Bank president Pisit Serewiwattana said.the Exim Bank has been given a licence to open an office in the former capital city by the Central Bank of Myanmar. The next step […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]

Central Bank May Liberalise Trade Financing for Foreign Banks

​​ The Central Bank of Myanmar may allow foreign banks to launch trading services if local banks are unable to facilitate trade financing for importers and exporters, Central Bank director general U Win Thaw told the Myanmar Times. “The Central Bank has already allowed local private banks to do trade financing. If they [local private […]