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Accounts must be in order for SMEs to qualify for loans

The lack of proper accounts, financial statements and a solid business plan is one of the biggest obstacles to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) qualifying for loans, banking officials said at a recent discussion on access to capital organised by MFITRIX, a financial training school. “When obtaining loans, the banks need to review each applicant’s […]

Nationwide expansion to drive Wave Money’s growth

Though 80 per cent of the population remains unserved by Myanmar’s banking system, Wave Money aims to enjoy much higher growth over the next few years thanks to its continuous expansion of distribution network, said the firm’s top executive. Brad Jones, chief executive officer of Wave Money, said in an exclusive interview the firm has […]

Interbank cash transfers available with single ATM card next year

Money transfer services will be available through a single ATM card from next year onwards, U Mya Than, non-executive director and former chair of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), told The Myanmar Times. With a single ATM card issued by any of the 23 local banks under the MPU network, users will be able to perform […]

Businesses urge overhaul of banks’ loan policy

Banking experts and senior officers from the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) said Myanmar must change its loan policy to make it easier for businesses to access debt for growth. In Myanmar, loans issued to businesses are approved based on collateral and are mostly extended over a short term. Compared to other countries, the […]

Western Union launches outbound money transfer service in Myanmar

WESTERN UNION, a global payment services provider, has launched Myanmar’s first outbound money-transfer service, three years after launching inbound services. Patricia Riingen, the firm’s senior vice president for Southeast Asia and Oceania, said the target consumers would be people aged from 25 to 60 who are active on social media and have international exposure (either […]

Over-the-counter share prices rise ahead of new stock exchange launch

As investors await the first listings on the Yangon Stock Exchange, the price of over-the-counter shares in a number of well-known public companies has risen, amid expectation that the companies will list on the country’s first modern bourse. Workers prepare the new Yangon Stock Exchange building for today’s launch. Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw / […]

Global Treasure Bank swims into private sector competition

Global Treasure Bank plunged into more than a new name in 2013, when it shed its former identity as the state-owned Myanmar Livestock and Fisheries Development Bank and began building itself as a private-sector bank. Still, re-orienting from being a state-run bank under the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development to one that is […]