Unblocking the path to capital freedom for SMEs

Myanmar’s financial sector must progress towards becoming more inclusive of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which form the backbone of the country’s economy, but face difficulties obtaining access to funds for expansion and growth. “We need to liberalise the financial sector to encourage start-ups and support SMEs. This involves integrating the full-range of financial services […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s KBZ Bank picks S’pore as launch pad to region

One of Myanmar’s biggest privately owned banks aims to use Singapore’s prime location as a launch pad to expand its commercial presence in the region. U Nyo Myint, senior managing director of Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), said yesterday: “The bank is one of the most successful banks in Myanmar and we would like to expand […]

KBZ Bank crowned Finance Asia’s ‘Best Bank in Myanmar’

Kanbawza Bank was named “Best Bank in Myanmar” by London-based Finance Asia at the awards ceremony of “The Finance Asia: Country Awards for Achievement 2016” held in Singapore yesterday. Organisers said KBZ Bank won the award because it had the highest amount of deposits in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, provided businesses with highest number of […]

Singapore Firm Acquires Stake in Myanmar Payment Company

Singapore-based payments firm fastacash has made a strategic investment in Myanmar-focused payments company, MyPAY. MyPAY, which is developing a mobile payment system, also has a strategic partnership with local social network MySQUAR, which claims to have 1.5 million user accounts. However, a fastach spokesperson told Myanmar Business Today that the firm “won’t be able to […]

Is Myanmar a good match for Singapore brands?

Myanmar’s thriving economy has transformed it into a hot spot for Asian and international companies seeking to exploit the potential of the country. FMCG companies are the most excited to tap into the country’s young population and rising disposable incomes. According to Nielsen, the FMCG sector has expanded 15% in the past four years and […]

Myanmar growing at breakneck speed

When Singapore lawyer Chester Toh starting working in Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial centre, 18 months ago, his commute to the centre took 15 minutes; now it’s a 45-minute slog through increasingly clogged streets. Call it the price of progress, or reform to be more exact. Toh, a partner at law firm Rajah & Tann, told The […]