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Crop insurance begins to take root in Myanmar

Local insurer Global World Insurance Co (GWI) is expanding its crop insurance pilot project with the signing of an agreement with a private contract farming business, U Soe Win Thant , the director of Global World Insurance, revealed. In 2016, Global World Insurance submitted a proposal on offering crop insurance to the Insurance Business Regulatory […]

The wait’s nearly over for foreign insurers

After waiting years to enter the Myanmar market, foreign insurance companies have been told they can expect to be granted operating licences within months. The licences will be issued under an industry liberalisation plan that was delayed for more than a year – a hold-up that the regulator, the Insurance Business Regulatory Board, has defended […]

Reset capital market, allow foreign competition to unleash growth: leaders

Foreign investor interest in Myanmar appears to be waning at a time when the global economy is losing momentum, if recent data is anything go by. As such, a hard reset of the local capital market is needed to ensure the business environment remains friendly to existing firms and entrepreneurs, as their survival and growth […]

Insurance industry progressing at slow pace, foreign competition needed: AMI

It has been five years since the government first allowed private insurance businesses to offer their services in Myanmar in 2013. But further liberalisation is needed and the authorities have been saying they are close to allowing foreign insurance providers to operate domestically. In August, U Zaw Naing, secretary of the Insurance Business Regulatory Board […]

AMCHAM Myanmar Encourages U.S. Banks to Enter Myanmar Market

The American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar) recently led a financial services business delegation to Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw consisting of 13 companies to meet with government representatives and local banks from July 24-26. The goal of the mission was to help U.S. financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, get a […]

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 […]

Uptown office added for Myanma Insurance

Currently its main office is in Pabedan township on Strand Road, but given increasing traffic levels, this is inconvenient for many people, said deputy finance minister Dr Maung Maung Thein at the opening on September 8. The new office was arrange with assistance of the Road Transportation Administration Department, and will be outfitted with six […]

Private Insurers Take Hold in Myanmar

Sept. 8, 2015 3:30 p.m. ET YANGON, Myanmar—Over cups of sweet tea at Yangon University, Nyi Nyi Min Htet pitches the benefits of car insurance from his mobile phone to drivers who navigate the chaotic streets of the country’s largest city. But it often proves to be a tough sell. Few Burmese understand insurance or […]

Foreign insurance companies can start in Thilawa from 2015

Foreign insurance companies can start operating in Thilawa Special Economic Zone during its first phase beginning in January 2015, Deputy Finance Minister Dr Maung Maung Thein told reporters at the Yangon-based state-owned Myanma Insurance office on November 16. “According to an existing Special Economic Zone law, foreign insurance companies can run their business [within special […]