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Daiwa to offer microloans to low-income earners in Myanmar

TOKYO — Daiwa Securities Group will launch microfinance services in Myanmar through a joint venture, diversifying its portfolio there to tap the growing economy. Microfinancing is a way to lift low-income earners out of poverty by providing tiny loans to those who have no access to formal banking services so they can start their own […]

Strong potential for insurance growth, but competition expected to be rife: IKBZ

The insurance industry has come under the spotlight recently with the government announcing in April that five foreign insurers would be allowed to operate wholly-owned units for life insurance in the country. Shortly after, it liberalised further by allowing six joint ventures between local and foreign insurers in both the life and non-life/general segments of […]

Foreign partners poised to aid growth in Myanmar’s life insurance sector

YANGON—While joint-venture proposals from foreign insurance companies are being reviewed by the country’s insurance business regulatory board, some of Myanmar’s largest insurance companies are already building bridges to leverage foreign expertise for the growth of Myanmar’s nascent insurance industry. After two years of delays, Myanmar began allowing insurance companies to operate in the country’s life […]

Local, Foreign Insurance Cos. readying to sell in Myanmar

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning and Finance is set to give the go-ahead to joint ventures between local and foreign insurance companies next month. The country’s insurance business regulatory board, which is overseen by the Ministry of Planning and Finance, is currently scrutinizing companies that have submitted requests for proposals (RFP), U Zaw Naing, the board’s […]

Allowing foreign insurance companies into local market

People save part of their income to deal with the inevitable consequences of old age, sickness and death for themselves as well as for their near and dear one. However mishaps like sickness and deaths occurs not only when a person gets old. It can happen anytime anywhere. Due to illnesses, accidents, carelessness of self […]

Four local life insurance providers form JVs with foreigners

Four domestic life insurers will cooperate with their foreign counterparts to form joint ventures in Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Insurance Association (MIA). Citizen Business Insurance (CB Insurance), First National Insurance, Grand Guardian Insurance and Capital Life Insurance will form joint ventures with foreign insurers, said U Thaung Han, managing director of CB Insurance and […]

Five foreign insurers granted Myanmar licences after two-year delay

Five foreign companies have been granted provisional licences to issue life insurance policies through subsidiaries following more than two years of delay in opening up the Myanmar market. British Prudential, Japanese Dai-ichi Life, Hong Kong AIA, US Chubb and Canadian Manulife have been authorised to establish wholly-owned life insurance subsidiaries. The Ministry of Planning and […]

Myanmar opens insurance market to Prudential, Dai-ichi and 3 other foreign firms

YANGON — Myanmar’s government on Friday provisionally authorized five multinational insurance companies, including U.K.-based Prudential and Japan’s Dai-ichi Life Holdings, to establish wholly owned subsidiaries in one of Southeast Asia’s least-insured countries. The Planning and Finance Ministry’s announcement came as a surprise as it had earlier said it would allow only up to three foreign […]

The wait’s nearly over for foreign insurers

After waiting years to enter the Myanmar market, foreign insurance companies have been told they can expect to be granted operating licences within months. The licences will be issued under an industry liberalisation plan that was delayed for more than a year – a hold-up that the regulator, the Insurance Business Regulatory Board, has defended […]

Invitation Letter for Expression Of Interest (EOI) To Form Joint Venture to carry on Life Insurance Business in Myanmar. Closing Date 11 Feb 2019

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“the Union Government” or “the Government”) has started the process of reform in the insurance sector by granting licences to local insurers since 2013. Since then, there has been a number of local insurers and foreign representative offices established. In order to increase foreign investment […]