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Bursting the red balloon

The only surprising thing about the failure of payment service provider Red Dot was the apparent suddenness with which the company departed. For months – if not years – it had seemed that the company was on its last legs. Fewer terminals were active and agents had reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult to […]

KBZ Wins Financial Times Honor for Sixth Year Running

Myanmar’s largest private bank, Kanbawza (KBZ), was named Myanmar Bank of the Year for 2018 by The Banker, a service of the Financial Times, for its leading role in the country’s financial sector by using new digital technologies. It is the sixth consecutive year the bank has landed the honor, making it the only financial […]

Can mobile banking overcome Myanmar’s trust issues?

It is 5pm on a Wednesday and Yangon’s streets are at a near standstill. Sunset comes early to this city of 7.36 million. Thankfully, since it is winter, the weather is cooler and drier than the rest of the year. So as dusk descends over some of the unruliest traffic in Asia – there are […]

IRD to build ICT system enabling tax payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD). The IRD is now inviting qualified service providers including the banks and mobile money service operators to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to develop an information and communications […]

Interbank cash transfers available with single ATM card next year

Money transfer services will be available through a single ATM card from next year onwards, U Mya Than, non-executive director and former chair of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), told The Myanmar Times. With a single ATM card issued by any of the 23 local banks under the MPU network, users will be able to perform […]

CB Bank enter into technical collaboration with CISCO for Data Center and Core Network Infrastructure

YANGON, Myanmar, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CB Bank and Cisco are pleased to enter a technical collaboration agreement to transform the Data Center and Core Network Infrastructure to enable core banking application, digital banking and international services to be delivered to its customers and partners in a secure manner. At the same time, CB […]

TrueMoney finds a niche in Myanmar’s mobile fintech space

TrueMoney, one of the newest additions to the string of fintech firms vying for a slice of the mobile money market in Myanmar, is upping its game in the face of rising competition. Its strategy is to meet demand for a service to facilitate international mobile cash transfers by Myanmar residents. “We have a channel […]

Strengthening Myanmar’s banking sector is key to economic growth

Central to Myanmar’s economic development is the reform of its finance sector and specifically its banking sector. Banks play a fundamental role in the transformation of market economies. Recently the government has enacted a series of laws intended to reform and strengthen its banking institutions to restore investors’ confidence and to make capital more accessible. […]

NongHyup Finance Myanmar considers capital increase for expansion

This is the third of a series highlighting Korean banks’ operations in Southeast Asian countries. NongHyup Finance Myanmar is considering raising capital to finance its expansion in the region, said Kim Jong-hee, managing director of the bank. Also, it will invest in equities of banks in Myanmar for strategic partnerships when opportunities arise as the […]

In Myanmar, buying cars and homes with gunny sacks full of cash

Banks have even received deposits of S$10 million in bills, in a country where most still prefer cash in hand over credit. But could mobile wallets change all that? YANGON: At banks in Myanmar, it’s not unusual to see people lugging huge and heavy gunny sacks into the lobby. Once inside, they’ll split open the […]