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Daung Capital, doing well by doing good: Startup Stories

Myanmar has been grappling with poverty for decades. The country was classified as a “least developed country” by the United Nations in 1987 and remains so now. In 2015, the World Bank estimated Myanmar’s poverty rate to be 32%. While there has been some economic progress, particularly seen in the oft-shifting skyline of Yangon, approximately […]

Myanmar: A burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem

A bit more than a decade ago, buying a cellular SIM card in Myanmar cost US$3,000 in 2001 and $250 in 2013. Fast forward to April 2019, and you can purchase a starter pack for as little as $1.10. And this is only one of the changes afoot in Myanmar, where local and international entrepreneurs […]

Myanmar fintech secures additional capital for its Series A round

Yangon-based financing platform aimed at working class customers has added an undisclosed amount capital to its ongoing Series A funding round, according to DealStreetAsia. Daung Capital lets users apply for a credit to purchase products like motorcycles or electronics through its rent-to-own model. Its main market, it said, is the working class users. For salaried […]

Bursting the red balloon

The only surprising thing about the failure of payment service provider Red Dot was the apparent suddenness with which the company departed. For months – if not years – it had seemed that the company was on its last legs. Fewer terminals were active and agents had reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult to […]

Fintech firms partner to expand reach in Myanmar

Local digital payments provider Ongo and mobile data operator Ananda yesterday announced a partnership to expand the reach of their services in Myanmar. Under the agreement, Ananda users will have the added option of topping up their accounts at Ongo agents across the country as well as on its mobile application when they sign up […]

Developing nations must be financially educated: Experts

Technology is going a long way in helping reach the masses. Especially, with a substantial increase in mobile phone penetration in the past few years, accessing people has become a lot more easier, stated the panelists, while discussing the social impact through Fintech. Addressing a gathering at the Vizag Fintech Festival 2018 here on Tuesday, […]

Myanmar Global Investment Forum 2018, 11-12 September 2018, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

As the Myanmar economy returns to a more robust rate of growth, domestic and foreign investors continue to evaluating investment opportunities across the industrial landscape. The Myanmar Investment Forum 2018 will offer expert insights into the industries key to the Myanmar economy. With in-depth explorations of the infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, agriculture and tourism […]

Ooredoo’s M-Pitesan launches in next development in popular mobile money industry

  by Ben Roache M-Pitesan, Ooredoo’s entry into the increasingly competitive online mobile money industry, has launched this week. Allowing users to send money to friends and family, as well as purchasing airtime, Ooredoo hopes to change the lives of the people of Myanmar with their new innovative wallet solution. M-Pitesan’s Mobile money app works […]

Central Bank of Myanmar delivers green light for mobile wallet OK Dollar

by Ben Roache OK$, a mobile payment service that has recently been heavily advertised throughout Yangon, has been granted a Mobile Financial Services (MFS) licence by the Central Bank of Myanmar. This overcomes a major hurdle between OK$ and next generation retail payment, remittance and funds transfer services in the country. Fig 1 – Screenshot […]

TrueMoney unveils new and improved e-wallet features

ASEAN’s leading e-payment provider, TrueMoney, announced today new and improved features for its TrueMoney Wallet application, designed to serve all of the financial needs for people in Thailand and in the ASEAN region, according to a company statement. Apart from the current services of bill payment, mobile top-up, money transfer, and online and offline payments, […]