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Howa unveils taxi-booking app to challenge Grab, Line

Howa International Co, the operator of Taxi Radio and Suvarnabhumi Taxi Cooperative, has invested 20 million baht to unveil the HaHa taxi-booking mobile app and digital meter terminal (DMT) to compete with rivals Grab and Line. Over the next 30 days, the Land Transportation Department is expected to announce a new regulation to let taxi […]

Linking small merchants with buyers in Myanmar

SPURRED on by increased data consumption in line with rising sales of smartphones in Myanmar, e-commerce operator Barlolo.com is planning nationwide expansion, its top executives say. Min Min, chief operating officer of 3KO Ventures Co, which operates Barlolo.com, said in an exclusive interview that more than 50,000 people typically visit the website each month to […]

CB Bank successfully adapting to meet the needs of a new generation

Economic liberalisation came relatively late to Myanmar, but the country has been working hard to make up for its slow start. Following a military coup in 1962, the country was governed by an oppressive dictatorship and subsequently experienced the ignominy of being rated one of the least developed and most corrupt nations in the world. […]

Mastercard to keep high growth rate in Myanmar

Ravinder Aurora, executive director for global public policy and community relations at Mastercard, said at a press conference yesterday that the company enjoyed double digit growth in terms of the number of card users and transaction value by using the cards every year. “Currently, I believe there are roughly about 2 million cards within the […]

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 […]