No green light for Yangon New City Project

Yangon Region Minister for Forestry and Energy Kyaw Soe yesterday denied a rumour that the regional government granted a permit for the Yangon New City Project to Myanmar Saytanar Myothit Public Company. “We have not given the green light to any company. It is under scrutiny. The rumour is untrue,” he said. Many areas in […]

Maybank to help Myanmar firms raise regional capital

Maybank will offer a number of services in Myanmar including project finance and corporate lending, said Pollie Sim, CEO of international business at the Malaysian bank. It will also be willing to help companies raise capital through regional equity or debt markets, she said at the launch of the bank’s Myanmar branch office on October […]

Mizuho Bank Open for Business

Japan-based Mizuho Bank has opened their first branch in Yangon on August 3, marking the bank’s official entrance into the country. The lender is one of the largest financial services company in Japan, with over $1.6 trillion in assets. It was one of nine international banks that received licences in October last year to operate […]

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 […]

Slow entry of foreign banks hinders small and medium enterprises

As foreign banks are not yet permitted to offer full services in Myanmar and confined to run representative offices, local small and medium enterprises are facing hardship. Some of the SME businessmen said that they have to brace for more expenses and time in running their businesses, including money transactions with foreign countries, and that […]