KBZ Bank ‘Open to Foreign Investors’

​​ RANGOON — KBZ Bank is willing to sell a stake in its operations to a foreign investor if the law permits, according to a report. Existing laws do not permit foreign investors to hold stakes in local banks in Burma, but changes are being considered this year to the Companies Act that could allow […]

KBZ Gateway Announces 200 Bank Branches Connected Via Satellite

​​ KBZ Bank has hooked up 200 of its branches to sat­ellite technology to speed up transactions and help the company with its e-commerce push. Its subsidiary KBZ Gate­way has installed Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology, which enables communication via satellite, at its branch­es across the nation. KBZ, the country’s larg­est lender, recently reaf­firmed […]

KBZ Bank opens settlement account in US

Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank) Limited, part of the KBZ Group of companies, announced yesterday that it has opened a USD settlement account with international bank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s New York branch (SMBC New York), to offer streamlined remittance services that enable faster, more convenient trade financing and transactions between Myanmar and the United States, […]

Visa and KBZ to Produce Kyat-Denominated Credit Cards

RANGOON — Burma’s KBZ bank and international payment provider Visa announced on Thursday that they would jointly issue new payment cards, after receiving the green light to do so from the Central Bank of Myanmar the day before. The Central Bank announced on Wednesday that international payment providers could now offer products and services in […]

Central Bank Exchange Rate Reforms to Start From January Next Year

​​ After years of complaints that its US dollar reference rate fails to reflect market reality, the Central Bank has announced a shift in how it determines the figure. In an effort to narrow the gap between the bank’s rate and that of the wider market, the regulator has announced it will start basing its […]

Myanmar Banking Group KBZ Seeks Insurance Arm Listing, Fintech Ally

Oct 6 Myanmar banking group KBZ is seeking to list its insurance arm on the domestic bourse as early as next year, a senior executive said on Thursday, as the formerly isolated nation slowly liberalizes its financial sector. The insurance arm, which has a paid-up capital of $55 million, could be listed as early as […]

Myanmar’s KBZ Bank picks S’pore as launch pad to region

One of Myanmar’s biggest privately owned banks aims to use Singapore’s prime location as a launch pad to expand its commercial presence in the region. U Nyo Myint, senior managing director of Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), said yesterday: “The bank is one of the most successful banks in Myanmar and we would like to expand […]

KBZ Bank crowned Finance Asia’s ‘Best Bank in Myanmar’

Kanbawza Bank was named “Best Bank in Myanmar” by London-based Finance Asia at the awards ceremony of “The Finance Asia: Country Awards for Achievement 2016” held in Singapore yesterday. Organisers said KBZ Bank won the award because it had the highest amount of deposits in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, provided businesses with highest number of […]

Ambitious target set for upcoming bond auctions

The government has set an ambitious target for its upcoming Treasury bond auctions next month, aiming to sell about K1.85 trillion (US$1.53 billion) in debt, to account for 60 percent of its domestic borrowing for this year’s budget, a senior official from the Central Bank told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw last week. Speaking during a parliamentary session […]