KBZ Appoints New CEO

RANGOON — Burma’s largest private bank, KBZ, has hired a banking expert to act as a special advisor to the bank’s chairman U Aung Ko Win. The announcement from KBZ on Thursday said special advisor Mike DeNoma was also appointed chief executive officer of the bank while the KBZ heiresses executive directors Daw Nang Lang Kham and Daw […]

Credit Guarantee Insurance Not Helping Small Businesses

  Credit guarantee insurance was introduced under the former government in 2014 but the system has not been widely adopted by banks and businesses. As a result, financial support for SMEs remains inadequate. So far, CB bank has offered loans to 21 businessmen, KBZ has given loans to only three, and banks are still unable […]

MPU-Payment System for Licences to Roll Out

A Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) system for trade-related payments between the Ministry of Commerce and traders involved in export and import has been recently finalised, according to U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary at the ministry. “It is mainly for payment of licence fees to the Ministry of Commerce. Currently, [businesspersons] have to go to […]

KBZ Strengthens Remittance Services with US Banks

​​ After kicking off the US-Myanmar direct money transfer service, Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) has tried to establish a direct channel with US banks, KBZ managing director U Win Lwin told the media. Right now, KBZ has opened a USD settlement account in New York’s branch of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Hence, direct money transfer […]

Tax Exemption on Interest Income Questioned

​​ The Ministry of Planning and Finance has issued a statement on February 19 that income tax will not be levied on interest from bank savings and deposits. The statement means that tax on interest from bank deposits will be exempted in the coming 2017-18 fiscal year. However, interest from bank deposits is not the […]

Cards to Adopt EMV to Meet ASEAN Standard

​​ The Central Bank of Myanmar has required local banks to upgrade the card payment technology, as a step toward integrating the payment system with the ASEAN region. Daw Than Than Swe, the director general of the Central Bank, told the Myanmar Times that all the payment cards issued by local banks will have to […]

US Tech Firm Diebold Nixdorf Opens in Myanmar

​​ DIEBOLD NIXDORF, a leading US tech firm with a presence in more than 130 countries, announced the opening of its office in Myanmar’s commercial hub. Neil Emerson, the firm’s senior vice president and managing director for Asia Pacific, said that its customers’ positive feedback and satisfaction drove them to establish an on-the-ground presence in […]

KBZ Launches Visa Credit Cards After Landmark Ruling by Central Bank

​​ Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) has begun issuing Visa credit cards, making it the sec­ond of Visa’s Myanmar partners to do so after the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) lifted restrictions last month. CB Bank was the first of the local banks to is­sue Visa credit cards in January, a week after the move by the […]

Banks Push Credit Cards But Customers Question Convenience

​​ Credit cards are increasingly common in Myanmar, with most of the bigger lenders offering the product. But people in the banking sector say it will take around five years until credit cards are widely used. Pre-paid cards and debit cards starting appearing in Myanmar almost five years ago. But credit cards, which disappeared in […]

Central Bank Plans Level Playing Field for Foreign Payment Firms

​​ CB Bank and KBZ have both partnered with Visa following the Central Bank’s decision to allow foreign payment firms to operate independently in Myanmar. But the Central Bank has clarified that this is a select response to requests from four specific firms, not an official shift in policy. Visa and KBZ issued a joint […]