For foreign lenders, Myanmar is no zero-sum game

SINGAPORE – A Foreign bank setting up a branch in Yangon must take its first step together with eight other lenders, all eager to tap a country that has been in isolation for more than 50 years. But international lenders noted that co-operation, not direct competition, will serve the greater good for now. “Competition among […]

Banks on charm offensive in Myanmar

FOREIGN banks venturing into Myanmar are expected to flex their muscles by investing in, and advising, the fledgling local financial market – and that includes efforts to lift standards of local bank staff. The charm offensive in recent years cannot be underestimated. Besides proving long-term commitment to this frontier market, international lenders need the blessings […]

OCBC plans to up capital in 3 years

Opening its branch on Thursday, Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC) sees the possibility that the branch’s capital would be raised within three years. On the first day of operations, over 10 accounts were opened. OCBC is the second to open a branch in the country, after the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ which opened its door […]

OCBC branch in Yangon starts operations

OCBC Bank has taken a key step forward into the large untapped Myanmar market with its Yangon branch commencing operations yesterday. It is one of the first three foreign banks to have won final regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Myanmar, along with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Sumitomo Mitsui opened […]

Ready to open bank account

The Myanmar economy is set to begin a new era following the commencement of operations by three foreign banks this month The banking industry is bracing for a new era with three foreign banks getting the green light to open branches this month – the first time in half a century. Six other foreign banks, […]