Myanmar E-Commerce Leader Pushes for Expansion

THOUGH a large percentage of Myanmar’s 53-million population still prefer going out to shop, more than half a million people visit Shop.com.mm, the nation’s leading e-commerce platform, for online shopping on a monthly basis, said its chief. Sumit Jasoria, managing director of Shop.com.mm, said in an exclusive interview that the firm was seeing some good […]

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 […]

ICB Bank to Double the Size of its ATM Network in 2017

​​ RANGOON — The locally-owned Co-Operative Bank Limited (CB Bank) plans to double its network of ATM machines in 2017, it announced on Friday. CB Bank will purchase both ATM machines and customer self-service machines from the company Diebold Nixdorf, which operates in North Canton, Ohio, United States and in Paderborn, Germany. Diebold Nixdorf has […]

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 […]

Plastic chips away at cash’s dominance in Myanmar

YANGON — Credit cards are gaining traction in Myanmar, where cash has long been king, with foreign players such as China UnionPay and Japan’s JCB lured by rising consumer incomes and an increasingly robust financial infrastructure. JCB, in conjunction with Myanmar Payment Union and Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as Aya Bank, debuted a credit card Tuesday […]

Myanmar Payment Union to Upgrade ATM Card System

RANGOON — The Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) signed with Vietnamese telecom multinational FPT and the National Payment Corporation of Vietnam (NAPAS) on Sunday to initiate a financial switching system, Zaw Lin Htut, chief executive officer of the MPU, told The Irrawaddy. As MPU’s partners, FPT and NAPAS will—starting this year—help facilitate a system upgrade for ATM […]

Vietnamese firm FPT to help build payment system for Myanmar

YANGON – FPT Corp has been selected as the main investor of Myanmar’s national financial switching system. Under the memorandum of understanding signed between the group and the Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) on July 31, FPT Information System (FPT IS) – a member of the FPT Corporation – will start developing the financial switching system […]

Jovago aims high in Myanmar with hotel-booking app for domestic tourists

A NEW HOTEL booking app has been launched in Myanmar with the aim of boosting domestic tourism. Developed by Jovago, the app is available in Burmese and features a selection of more than 700 hotels across the country. It is targeting partnering 95 per cent of hotels in Myanmar by the end of this year. […]

Myanmar gets its first contactless travel prepaid card

MASTERCARD in collaboration with Co-operative Bank (CB Bank) have launched a contactless travel prepaid card for Myanmar’s citizens, the first of its kind in the nation, in an effort to better tap on the country’s enlarging traveller base.   The CB EasiTravel Prepaid MasterCard Contactless card is currently available for signup and provides Burmese travellers […]

Myanmar card payments on the rise as MPU widens network

Card payments in Myanmar are set to rise over the next few months as local shops and supermarkets sign up to Myanmar Payment Union, signalling the beginning of a shift in one of the world’s last cash-based economies. MPU got off to a slow start when it launched in 2012, but with the rise of […]