MPU-Payment System for Licences to Roll Out

A Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) system for trade-related payments between the Ministry of Commerce and traders involved in export and import has been recently finalised, according to U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary at the ministry. “It is mainly for payment of licence fees to the Ministry of Commerce. Currently, [businesspersons] have to go to […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]

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 […]

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 […]

Visa Hits Out at Central Bank Regulations

​​ Central bank regulations that bar people with domestically- issued Visa cards from making transactions within Myanmar are hindering the company’s expansion plans, according to a senior executive. Arturo Planell, Visa’s Country Manager for Myanmar, said last week that the regulations were one of the reasons electronic payments have failed to make bigger inroads in […]

4 ways to boost e-commerce in Myanmar

e-Commerce industry growth will need banks and telcos to reduce service fees, provide better APIs, and simplify procedures to eliminate the hassle of payments Since 2012, foreign investors have been on a gold rush in Myanmar. GDP has climbed up steadily from US$58.68 billion in 2013, to US$64.33 billion in 2014, then US$64.87 billion in 2015. In July 2016, the new […]

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 […]

JCB to open Yangon Branch

CB International is cooperating with Myanmar Payment Union banks to issue JCB cards by the end of 2016 or as soon as next year, according to a press release from the group. As well  as this partnership JCB is establishing a branch in Yangon under the subsidiary JCB International (Thailand) Co. Ltd. JCB will be […]

Myanmar’s first electronic bill payment solution launched

2C2P a leading Southeast Asian (SEA) payment services provider, and Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), the national payment network of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, have launched Myanmar’s first electronic bill payment solution, easyBills according to a media release on 9 June. 2C2P and MPU are providing a non-cash payment option for prepaid phone […]