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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 […]

New export strategy launched, but barriers remain

With export revenues having only increased by around US$2 billion over the past five years, Myanmar is aiming to boost its exports in the next five years by adding new sectors to its National Export Strategy (NES). Gems and jewellery, the digital economy, fruits and vegetables, agricultural product-based food products and industrial art products have […]

CBM again issues detailed rules to banks

The Central Bank of Myanmar has reiterated its commitments to ensuring stronger enforcement of banking rules and regulations in the country. On March 25, the CBM again issued instructions covering five directives on banking governance and statistics. To strengthen the country’s financial sector, Financial Institutions Law was introduced January 2016. CBM has now five detailed […]