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 […]

Ponzi Scheme Takes Millions From Rural Myanmar

In the wake of My­anmar’s most wide­spread and finan­cially devastating ‘Ponzi scheme,’ millions of dollars have been lost, thousands of people de­frauded, and a myriad of ministries left pointing fingers. In December 2016, Sax­on Capital Limited (SCL) began selling shares to residents of Pyay, Bago, Mawlamyine, and other townships promising an 80 percent return on […]

Building a better Condominium Law

Lack of clarity on foreign ownership, land use and building management committees in the Condominium Law are holding back growth in the property market.   By DUNCAN BURRY When the Condominium Law was enacted in early 2016, many hoped it would provide a framework that could spur development in the sector, not least by permitting […]

With return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar, smoking rates on the rise

Since the return of Big Tobacco to Myanmar en masse in 2013, smoking rates have increased markedly. Tobacco control experts warn that the firms’ sophisticated strategies are likely to push more people into the clutches of addiction From the backseat of a traffic-stranded cab attempting to travel from Yangon’s airport to a city hotel, Myanmar’s burgeoning love affair with […]

Frontier Markets: Myanmar, Explosive GDP Growth

The reason I’m revisiting Myanmar is because recently the State Bank of India (SBIN), together with the Vietnam Bank for Investment and Development, Taiwan’s E SUN Commercial Bank (2884:TT), and South Korea’s Shinhan Bank, were all granted permits to operate in that country. Last year, the first round of permits were granted to ANZ Banking […]