YSX, securities firms asked to beef up anti-money laundering compliance

The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) and six securities companies were requested by the regulator to beef up their compliance and disclosure in line with its anti-money laundering regulations. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SECM), in a May 18 announcement, identified “insufficient information collection and reporting procedures” for both the bourse and the firms in following […]

Myanmar opens up to seven more Asian banks

Myanmar has granted operating licences to seven Asian banks, bringing to 20 the number of foreign banks allowed to do business in the previously isolated market. Bank of China (Hong Kong), Taiwan’s Cathay United Bank and Mega International Commercial Bank, Industrial Bank of Korea, Seoul-based KB Koomin Bank, Korea Development Bank and Siam Commercial Bank […]

Myanmar Reportedly Set to Be Placed on Global Money-Laundering Watchlist

JAKARTA—Myanmar is set to be placed on a watchlist by a global finance watchdog this week, amid concerns of money laundering by transnational drug traffickers and weak regulation of its financial system, two sources familiar with deliberations said. A decision to put Myanmar on the “gray list” by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) […]

IFC takes stake in Yoma Bank in first for Myanmar

Yoma Bank has become Myanmar’s first commercial lender with a foreign stakeholder following a decision by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to convert a US$5 million loan into a five percent equity shareholding. The IFC, the investment arm of the World Bank Group, provided the convertible loan package to Yoma Bank in 2014 to help […]

Myanmar moved off money laundering watchlist

Inter-governmental body the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has removed Myanmar from its list of states deemed weak in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, which experts think should make international banks more comfortable doing business with the country. FATF, which counts China, the United States and India as members, released a public statement on […]

Ready to open bank account

The Myanmar economy is set to begin a new era following the commencement of operations by three foreign banks this month The banking industry is bracing for a new era with three foreign banks getting the green light to open branches this month – the first time in half a century. Six other foreign banks, […]

Experts warn on black money flowing into stock market

Care needs to be taken to prevent illegal money flowing through the planned Yangon Stock Exchange, or it risks its reputation as a reliable place to do business, according to experts. The exchange is slated to launch in October, marking Myanmar’s first modern stock market, though a number of rules governing the market are still […]

Experts move against money laundering

The government has formed a committee to combat money laundering in the country, aiming to get off a list of the world’s worst offenders. Experts from 15 different institutions including government ministries as well as the Central Bank and Supreme Court were named to the Anti-Money Laundering Central Board last week. The board’s joint secretary […]

Real estate sector accounts for half of total money inflows

Well over half of all money flowing into the country is being invested in the real estate sector, according to Aye Lwin, joint-secretary of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). The joint-secretary revealed this during talks between police in the Financial Investigation Unit and UMFCCI members on the anti-money […]