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IFC takes stake in Yoma Bank in first for Myanmar

Yoma Bank has become Myanmar’s first commercial lender with a foreign stakeholder following a decision by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to convert a US$5 million loan into a five percent equity shareholding. The IFC, the investment arm of the World Bank Group, provided the convertible loan package to Yoma Bank in 2014 to help […]

Sowing the seeds of growth in Myanmar

Once the rice bowl of Asia, even today, agriculture continues to be a vital contributor to Myanmar’s economy.The sector provides employment to about 53 percent of the country’s labor force and is a source of livelihood for about 70 percent of the rural population.It also contributes almost 38 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, […]

Myanmar produces first corporate governance scorecard

Myanmar companies need to improve their business practices to become more competitive in local and regional markets, a new report shows. The Myanmar Corporate Governance Scorecard 2018 is the first report of its kind in the country and assesses the performance of 24 companies in the country. It is published by the International Finance Corporation […]

IFC extends $3 million loan to SLCM Limited

KOLKATA: IFC is providitTng a $3 million loan to SLCM Limited, the Yangon-based subsidiary of Sohan Lal Commodity Management, a Delhi-based agrilogistics group. The aim is to help the company expand its warehousing services and allied services, in Myanmar, thereby improving the livelihoods of the rural population that rely on agriculture. In Myanmar, despite poor […]

New labour law paves way for worker safety standards

Myanmar’s parliament has enacted the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law to promote safe and secure working environments for labourers and workers. The new law, signed by President U Win Myint on March 15, is expected to pave the way for the first legally-established health and safety standards in the country. It stipulated that OSH […]

Metro’s Myanmar subsidiary secures US$20m IFC loan

The Myanmar subsidiary of German retail group Metro AG has raised a US$20m loan from the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank. The subsidiary Metro Wholesale Myanmar is a 85pc-15pc joint venture between Frankfurt-listed Metro AG and Singapore-listed Yoma Strategic Holdings, offering one-stop wholesale food service distribution for hotels, restaurants, retailers, […]

MBF signs K2 billion funding agreement with Yoma Bank

Mahar Bawga Finance (MBF), a Myanmar non-banking finance institution (NBFI), and Yoma Bank last Friday signed a semi-collateralised funding agreement under which Yoma will provide MBF with K2.2 billion in funds to support its operations. The agreement, which aims to address growing borrower demand for unsecured loans for personal or business development, could see MFB […]

Rice export declines within eight months

Myanmar only exported over 1.5 million tons of rice and broken rice within eight months from April 1 till December 14, according to Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). Myanmar earned about US$288 million from more than 800,000 tons of rice and broken rice export through border trade routes and over US$240 million from over 700,000 tons […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

Four retail-wholesale JVs permitted to operate

Six months after allowing foreign investors to register and participate in the domestic retail and wholesale sector in May, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has so far permitted four joint ventures between foreign and local investors Under notification 25/2018 issued on May 9, the MOC allowed 100 percent foreign-owned businesses to operate in the retail […]