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CBM to approve QR code payment transactions soon

Digital payments using QR codes will be introduced to Myanmar as soon as the framework for such payments are ready. Shanghai-based financial services company UnionPay International’s (UPI) QR code system accessible through mobile phones would be made available when the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) makes the official announcement. UPI operates as a subsidiary of […]

Foreign insurers bring disruption in untapped Myanmar market

Myanmar’s insurance market will soon face a sea change led by technologies and expertise brought in by foreign companies. A total of 14 foreign insurers will enter the Southeast Asian country’s market by the end of this year through either wholly owned subsidiaries or joint venture companies with local peers, the Nikkei Asian Review has […]

Businesses collaborate to launch new loan facility for landowners

iMyanmarHouse.com has introduced an installment loan programme in Myanmar for those who own land but lack the capital to build a house or a building for commercial purposes. The company is aiming to grant loans to those who don’t have enough capital to construct luxury buildings, high-rise buildings, hotels, warehouses, and other buildings on land […]

Myanmar Tourism Bank expands reach to support sector

Myanma Tourism Bank will open three branches in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw within the next two months, U Zin Ko Ko, deputy head of the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) department at Myanmar Tourism Bank told The Myanmar Times. Myanmar Tourism Bank is one of five sector-specific banks granted a banking license by […]

Better oil and gas deals needed in the future, say experts

Efforts must be taken to lessen Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise’s (MOGE) tax burden from contracts signed with joint-venture firms to work offshore oil and gas fields, a report states. According to the “State-Owned Economic Enterprise Reform in Myanmar: The Case of Natural Resource Enterprises” report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Renaissance […]

FMO Partners with Maha Agriculture Microfinance & Harvesting Inc to Streamline Agriculture Lending in Myanmar

FMO, the Dutch development bank headquartered in the Hague, the Netherlands, has announced its partnership with Myanmar-based Maha Agriculture Microfinance (Maha) and U.S.-based Harvesting Inc (Harvesting) to provide a grant that would help streamline agriculture lending to Myanmar farmers. As part of its capacity development program, FMO will financially support the pilot deployment of Agriculture […]

National Planning Law Expects Highest Growth in Telecom, Industrial, Financial Sectors

Amid a slowing economy and complaints from the business community, Myanmar’s parliament has approved a National Planning Law for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which expects to see the highest growth rate in the country’s telecommunications, industrial and financial sectors. On Wednesday, President U Win Myint signed the bill with the approval of the Union Parliament […]

Yoma to tap digital banking for nationwide expansion

YOMA BANK, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, plans to focus on providing digital products to millions of people in Myanmar , according to Hal Bosher, the bank’s chief executive officer. Bosher said in an exclusive interview that digital products would allow the bank to serve the country better, making banking accessible and […]

No budget to fix tangled power nests in Yangon; official says

FINANCIAL constraint is hampering efforts to replace decades-old service wires and fix tangled cable nests at locations across Yangon, said General Manager U Thant Zin of the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The problem is finding funding to complete the work. If we had public funds to […]

Building banking depends on trust

More trust is needed to increase the banked population, which languishes at 5 percent of the adult population, according to experts. There are now 798 commercial bank branches in Myanmar – rising to well over 1000 if state-owned bank branches are included – and also 700 ATMs and 2813 point of sale devices as of […]