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NETS partners with Myanmar Payment Union for QR payment system

Singapore’s NETS Group has inked a collaboration with Myanmar’s national payment network to co-develop Myanmar’s QR payment technology. The collaboration will start off with the establishment of the joint Payment Technology Exchange & Development Programme. Under the program, NETS Group will share the SGQR Central Repository technical expertise with Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) with a […]

Alibaba aims to grow five times bigger in Myanmar by mid-2019

DRIVEN by rapid gains in smartphone use and people’s willingness to try new things in Myanmar, Alibaba Group plans to grow its business by at least five times in the country in the coming six to eight months, according to Frans Maas, managing director of Shop.com.mm, which is now under the fold of the Chinese […]

Yoma to tap digital banking for nationwide expansion

YOMA BANK, one of the largest private banks in Myanmar, plans to focus on providing digital products to millions of people in Myanmar , according to Hal Bosher, the bank’s chief executive officer. Bosher said in an exclusive interview that digital products would allow the bank to serve the country better, making banking accessible and […]

At least five more years needed for Myanmar to go cashless

Myanmar’s cash dependent economy has become a burden on the government’s coffers in recent years and a widespread adoption of an electronic payment system in the country is needed. Yet, experts say it could take a minimum of five more years for society to go cashless. “It costs the government money to print cash and […]

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 […]

Innoveller transforms bus industry, but faces payment, policy roadblocks

For Ko Kyaw Kyaw Win, co-founder of Innoveller Co Ltd, the opportunity to digitise and expand the Myanmar bus services industry was obvious. With hundreds of express buses departing across the country each day and no central platform to aggregate those routes, the solution to clearing up operator inefficiencies and passenger frustrations was clear. “There […]

Myanmar to Become Member of APN, Upgrade Card-Based Services

​​ Myanmar will become a member of the Asian Payment Network (APN), which was established to create a common payment settlement platform within the Asia-Pacific region, said U Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU). MPU has already met with officials from APN, and is waiting for the membership announcement to be made, […]

Kargo: Technology Solving the Highway to Logistics Hell

By Ben Roache Coordinating the logistics of trucking goods around Myanmar should be a nightmare. And for foreign firms, or even new companies, it is. Unsurprisingly, this industry is highly inefficient, outdated, and unorganised, plagued with many of the same issues that face other industries in the country, such difficulties in credit and finance, communications, […]

AYA Bank, MPU, JCB Introduce First Corporate Credit Card in Myanmar

Yangon and Tokyo, Nov 14, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank), a major commercial bank in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced that AYA Bank has launched the AYA Universal Corporate […]

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 […]