Myanmar grants operating licenses to four more Asian banks

YANGON – Myanmar has granted operating licenses to four Asian banks, bringing to 13 the number of foreign banks allowed to conduct business in the previously isolated country. Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, State Bank of India, Taiwan’s Sun Commercial Bank and South Korea’s Shinhan Bank were granted preliminary licenses, Myanmar’s Foreign Bank […]

Mizuho to open second office, at Thilawa SEZ

Japanese bank Mizuho will become the first foreign lender to open a second office in Myanmar, after opening its Yangon branch earlier this year. The bank has been granted approval to open a front office in Thilawa special economic zone, a spokesperson confirmed. Mizuho aims to open the office within the year, said a company […]

For foreign lenders, Myanmar is no zero-sum game

SINGAPORE – A Foreign bank setting up a branch in Yangon must take its first step together with eight other lenders, all eager to tap a country that has been in isolation for more than 50 years. But international lenders noted that co-operation, not direct competition, will serve the greater good for now. “Competition among […]

Myanmar’s Central Bank Urges Investors to be Patient

YANGON — Myanmar’s central bank confirmed it will continue to take a measured approach to economic liberalization, despite facing criticism that the country is taking too long to unshackle its financial sector. Speaking to foreign companies, investors, government officials and others at a conference last week in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw, Set Aung, the bank’s […]

Central bank says it is still on track to grant licences to foreign banks this month

Between five and 10 licences will be granted to foreign banks to operate in Myanmar by the end of this month, Dr Set Aung, deputy governor of Central Bank of Myanmar, said on September 14, denying speculation that the bank was delaying the announcement. “We said before that the announcement will be made in the […]

Myanmar Firms Feel Pinch From Abroad

YANGON, Myanmar—The world’s biggest consumer companies are flocking to Myanmar, filling the once-pariah nation and its backward economy with goods previously unavailable to its 60 million people. But not everyone is happy. Some of the country’s biggest conglomerates—plugging away at the cash-strapped market for decades and fighting hard to grow despite crippling Western sanctions—are now […]

Foreign banks get gradual access to market

Though foreign banks are hoping to enter the banking market in Myanmar as quickly as possible, more regulation and infrastructure – and a number of intermediary arrangements – are needed before that can happen, officials told an international banking and finance conference in Yangon on July 16. Daw Naw Eh Hpaw, deputy director general of […]