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As remittance market reaches saturation, mobile money keeps growing

If the mobile money market were a football match, then the second half has just begun. As the undisputed market leader, Wave Money is already a few goals ahead. It reports having almost 50,000 agents and more than 11 million customers, who remitted US$2.8 billion between January and September of this year. By the end […]

Myanmar’s manufacturing growth loses momentum in May

TOKYO — The Nikkei Myanmar Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, or PMI, fell to 52.6 in May from April’s series-record high of 55.5. A reading above 50 indicates economic expansion, while a reading below 50 points toward contraction. The reading was still above the average for 2017 as a whole. “The overall growth performance was hampered […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]