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Japan’s Taiyo Life goes big on hiring in Myanmar’s tiny insurance market

YANGON — Japan’s Taiyo Life Insurance says it aims to have thousands of salespeople knocking on the doors of potential customers in Myanmar once it gets full approval in a country where the concept of insurance is new to most people. The midsize insurer seeks to increase its sales force in Myanmar to 5,000 from […]

Japan insurers enter Myanmar in joint-venture frenzy

TOKYO/YANGON — Five Japanese insurers have teamed up with local players to enter Myanmar’s fledgling insurance market, looking to provide such products as annuities and automobile policies to a largely uninsured population. The Myanmar government announced in January that foreign insurance companies would be allowed offer products in the country, either on their own or […]

Five foreign insurers granted Myanmar licences after two-year delay

Five foreign companies have been granted provisional licences to issue life insurance policies through subsidiaries following more than two years of delay in opening up the Myanmar market. British Prudential, Japanese Dai-ichi Life, Hong Kong AIA, US Chubb and Canadian Manulife have been authorised to establish wholly-owned life insurance subsidiaries. The Ministry of Planning and […]

Business confidence in Myanmar sinks as scepticism mounts

More European businesses say they have lost confidence in Myanmar due to concerns about the National League for Democracy-led government’s management of the economy compared to the last two years, a new survey shows. According to the latest survey from the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham) published yesterday, a majority of firms (81 […]

Htoo Group in talk with Korea’s NH Financial to tap insurance market

NongHyup Financial (NH), a holding company of Korea’s national agricultural cooperative, will team with its insurance units to enter the insurance market in China and Southeast Asia, NongHyup said Sunday. But what is the reason for this sudden desire to sally forth and explore uncharted or under-explored territory? And why has it taken the company […]

Private companies soon to be permitted 20 types of insurance

The private insurance companies will be permitted to provide 20 types of insurance very soon for the development of the local insurances, according to a report in the Myawady Daily yesterday. Initially, Myanmar Insurance has permitted private companies only six types of insurance out of 46. Later on, the private companies were permitted to provide […]

Myanmar insurance to thrive with competition and free market

U Myo Min Thu is the Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insur­ance (AMI), one of the top three private insurers in Myanmar. AMI was created in 2013 follow­ing the liberalization of economic policy which permitted private insur­ers to enter the market. AMI is the insurance arm of AYA Financial Group, a conglomerate which also owns […]

Insurance in Myanmar: Spreading the Risk

Even though insurance has been around for over one hundred and fifty years in Myanmar, it has all the makings of a new phenomenon.  Before independence in 1948, there were between eighty to one hundred firms operating.  As a republic with a short stint of democracy at its birth and subsequent decades of military rule, […]

Sompo Japan offers car insurance in Myanmar

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance has entered Myanmar’s auto insurance market in a first for a foreign company. The Japanese nonlife insurer recently began selling car insurance in the Thilawa special economic zone to the southeast of Yangon. It will mainly market vehicle insurance, as well as bodily injury and property damage liability coverage, to customers […]

Myanmar seen as promising market for insurance

THE Financial Services Agency and Japanese insurers have been extending support to Myanmar in developing its insurance market, with an eye on the Southeast Asian nation’s possible opening of the market to foreign companies in the future. The FSA has been working with both life insurers and general insurers in supporting Myanmar, which is likely […]