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Up to eight insurance JVs expected in Myanmar this fiscal year: officials

Six to eight foreign insurance providers are expected to enter the Myanmar market via joint ventures with local providers this fiscal year, U Thaung Han, secretary of the Myanmar Insurance Association (MIA) and chair of CB Insurance told The Myanmar Times. On January 2, the Ministry of Planning and Finance (MOPF) officially permitted foreign insurance […]

Myanmar steps up financial reforms

The government of Myanmar is finally putting its long-anticipated plans for economic liberalisation into overdrive. In the past few weeks it has announced numerous reforms — including insurance liberalisation and further easing of restrictions on foreign banks, the establishment of a credit rating bureau and the formation of a “project bank” to encourage investment, especially […]

Foreign insurers will be allowed to operate locally by 2018-19: IBRB

The Insurance Business Regulatory Board (IBRB) will allow foreign insurance companies to do business in the country in the new 2018-19 fiscal year, which will commence October 1, U Zaw Naing, the board’s secretary, said on August 28. He said the IBRB, which was established by the Ministry of Planning and Finance in 2016, will […]

Myanmar insurance industry poised for reform, awaits liberalisation

Insurance providers in Myanmar can expect a more competitive and promising landscape on which to do business in the near future. With market liberalisation, which will enable firms to offer a wider variety of insurance products, on the government’s agenda, local and foreign providers alike have already started training staff and building management and IT […]

The insurance queue just got longer

Myanmar has a historic connection with the insurance industry. Almost 80 insurance companies operated in the market from the mid-19th century till the mid-20th century, and a large number of them were foreign companies. But things changed in the 1960s when the industry was taken over by the government and all foreign insurers in the […]

Insurance liberalisation must strike delicate balance in Myanmar

Insurance is normally a highly competitive industry, but in Myanmar – only recently opened to the international market – that competition is highly controlled. Nyo Myint, Vice Chairman of IKBZ Insurance, explains that although the monopoly of the state-owned Myanma Insurance has ended, the country’s 12 insurance companies are still relative novices. Myanmar’s insurance industry […]

Sompo Japan offers car insurance in Myanmar

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance has entered Myanmar’s auto insurance market in a first for a foreign company. The Japanese nonlife insurer recently began selling car insurance in the Thilawa special economic zone to the southeast of Yangon. It will mainly market vehicle insurance, as well as bodily injury and property damage liability coverage, to customers […]

Jardine Lloyd Thompson opens local office

Jardine Lloyd Thompson officially opened its Myanmar representative office on September 12, joining a growing list of international insurers with local offices. Foreign insurers are generally barred from working inside the country, with the exception of three firms which received licences to operate in special economic zones earlier this year. Authorities have said they will […]