Private banks hike lending to SMEs

SMALL and medium enterprises in Myanmar will soon get greater access to finance as private banks plan to extend more credit to boost the economy, according to speakers at the Amcham Financial Services Forum held last week. Zaw Lin Aung, managing director of KBZ Bank, the largest private bank in Myanmar with the largest retail […]

Medium-Income Housing Offered on Installment Plan in Mandalay

The Garden City Apartment Complex will break ground next week with the aim of giving medium-income people the chance to buy a unit, said project director U Zin Min Swe. Civil servants who are currently working will receive a 5 percent discount and all buyers will be linked up with banks that allow interest-free installment […]

KBZ to provide 24-hour service for trade-related payments via MPU

Kanbawza Bank has prepared to offer its around-the-clock service for trade-related payments through Myanmar Payment Union-MPU system, said U Aung Kyaw Myo, Deputy CEO of the KBZ Bank. The announcement for the payment system change came at the workshop on trade transaction payments with Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) system and expanding the fully online licensing […]

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 […]