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Yoma to tap digital banking for nationwide expansion

YOMA BANK, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, plans to focus on providing digital products to millions of people in Myanmar , according to Hal Bosher, the bank’s chief executive officer. Bosher said in an exclusive interview that digital products would allow the bank to serve the country better, making banking accessible and […]

Waiting for change at Myanmar’s central bank

Myanmar’s central bank governor Kyaw Kyaw Maung has long been seen as an impediment to reform. But come July, he will be out and a new chief will be in, heralding, it is to be hoped, a new era of change Being a bank in Myanmar isn’t easy, with lenders of all sizes facing insuperable […]

Mandalay Coffee borrows $596K from Yoma to double export volume

Mandalay Coffee Group (MCG) has signed a funding agreement with Yoma Bank last week to provide K800 million (US$596,000) financial support to coffee farmers to improve their output. MCG is a coffee processor and exporter based in Mandalay, comprising 42 individual shareholders who are involved in different parts of the coffee business supply chain, such […]

ADB Partners with Yoma Bank to Support SMEs in Myanmar

The FINANCIAL — The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Trade Finance Program (TFP) and Yoma Bank on January 26 signed an agreement to provide guarantees of at least $10 million annually to support trade, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in Myanmar. “We are excited to welcome Yoma Bank as the newest TFP partner,” said […]

In dirt-poor Myanmar, smartphones are transforming finance

MYANMAR’S democratic transition sometimes seems marked as much by continuity as by change. Depressingly, the army continues its bloody persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the west, for example (see article). But elsewhere moves to open the country’s markets, started by the preceding military regimes, have gathered pace. New commercial and financial services are springing up. […]

Myanmar’s Yoma links up with Proximity to boost farm loans

YOMA Bank, Myanmar’s fourth-largest bank by assets with more than 3,000 employees and 72 branches across the nation, has signed a funding agreement with Proximity Designs for 7.3 billion kyats (Bt178.5 million), said a bank executive. Hal Bosher, adviser to the chairman and CEO of Yoma Bank, said the partnership with Proximity Designs, which runs […]

Regulatory roadmap needed for banking sector reform

Myanmar needs to establish a regulatory roadmap for the banking sector. This will give the local banks more clarity on the progress and timing of upcoming regulations, allowing them to gear up for further reform and growth. “Carrying out regulatory reform at an unmeasured pace can cause trouble,” said Azeem Azimuddin, CFO of Ayeyarwady Bank, […]

Experts call for stronger property laws in Myanmar

MYANMAR’S real-estate market would become more buoyant if regulations on pricing and related issues were to be strengthened, experts said recently. At the “Property Report Congress Myanmar 2016”, developers and bankers urged the government to improve infrastructure and regulatory reforms. Tony Picon, managing director of Colliers International Myanmar, said the country needed to control property […]

Foreign banks call for market access

Greater competition from international banks would encourage local lenders to move away from a small pool of high-net-worth clients to start offering products and services to those who need it most, said panellists at the Myanmar Banking and Finance Conference in Yangon yesterday. “If more foreign banks come into the market it will increase competition […]

Banks need incentive to take grain instead of gold

Two domestic banks have agreed to offer loans backed by commodities, allowing farmers to pledge items like beans and pulses as collateral for access to competitively priced financing for the first time. However, the appeal of warehouse receipt financing may be limited, as capped interest rates mean the lenders have little incentive to take on […]