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With 70% Unbanked Population, Myanmar Bets on Fintech to Improve Financial Inclusion

Despite the Myanmar government’s push to expand access to financial services, the country still trails far behind the rest of Asia in rates of participation in formal financial services, financial literacy, savings rates and the use of digital financial services, according to a new report by social enterprise ONOW Myanmar. But fintech and mobile technology […]

Blockchain-based fintech company Everex signs deal with Krungthai Bank, SHWE Bank

Everex, blockchain-powered digital remittance platform, announced that it has signed an agreement with Thailand-based Krungthai Bank and SHWE Bank from Myanmar. The deal will see the three entities jointly introduce a cross-border, blockchain-powered money transfer services between Thailand and Myanmar. The new service is called “Krungthai Bank and SHWE Bank Remittance powered by Everex”. This […]

Thai banks step up push for licences in Myanmar

ALL FOUR THAI banks in Myanmar are intensifying their efforts to secure banking licences in the belief that opening up of the industry will proceed despite opposition for local players. Representatives of Kasikornbank (KBank) and Krungthai Bank (KTB) recently joined conferences in Yangon, speaking their minds on what their banks have to offer to the […]

Four Thai banks vie for licences in Myanmar

Thai banks with representative offices in Myanmar have a strong interest in applying for restricted-services licences, after that country recently opened up for such applications from foreign banks for the first time. Four Thai banks have representative offices in Myanmar – Bangkok Bank, Krungthai Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and Kasikorn-bank. If they can obtain the […]

Thai banks line up for licences in Myanmar

The banking industry in Myanmar is a key strategic destination for Thai commercial banks as they plan for Asean integration after the Myanmar authority allows foreign banks to apply for operating licences there.  Myanmar’s central bank said 42 foreign financial institutions with representative offices there applied for its restricted banking licences. The four largest Thai […]