Insurance in Myanmar: Spreading the Risk

Even though insurance has been around for over one hundred and fifty years in Myanmar, it has all the makings of a new phenomenon.  Before independence in 1948, there were between eighty to one hundred firms operating.  As a republic with a short stint of democracy at its birth and subsequent decades of military rule, […]

Credit Guarantee Insurance Not Helping Small Businesses

  Credit guarantee insurance was introduced under the former government in 2014 but the system has not been widely adopted by banks and businesses. As a result, financial support for SMEs remains inadequate. So far, CB bank has offered loans to 21 businessmen, KBZ has given loans to only three, and banks are still unable […]

Licenses issued for more than 280 trawlers, 161 boats in Maungtaw Tsp to overcome fishing challenges

Despite resumption of fishing which was suspended following deadly violent attacks in November and October and November last year, fishermen in Maungtaw District, Rakhine State, are facing challenges for nearshore fishing at night due to curfew order and labourers who have not yet received the National Verification cards. “More than four-month ban on fishing has […]

MEB, six private banks to lease K30 billion to SMEs

Myanma Economic Bank, teaming up with six private banks will give K30 billion loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to Ministry of Industry. The country’s SMEs can acquire loans from the Myanma Oriental Bank, Ayeyawady Bank, from Co-Operative Bank (CB), commonly known as CB Bank, the Myanmar Citizens Bank, the Kanbawza Bank and […]

Public buses and taxis lack full insurance

Long-distance buses – including those that ply the notorious “Death Highway” between Yangon and Mandalay – lack sufficient insurance coverage, insurance officials say. They have embarked on a campaign to persuade bus companies to take out insurance so they can compensate passengers for their injuries in the event of an accident, and say that many […]

Emerging Myanmar discovering it pays to insure

YANGON – It was only when Aye Aye Nge’s pharmacy burned down for the second time that she thought about taking out insurance, a novelty in impoverished Myanmar where most people either can’t afford to buy premiums or don’t trust those selling them. The two blazes — one in 2010 and then in January this […]

IKBZ hopes to capture new business with online platform

Local insurer IKBZ is hoping to become the first firm to allow people to buy its policies online – through computers and mobile devices – early this year, a senior official at the insurer told The Myanmar Times. The firm plans to start offering insurance policies online in January, with the option to register on […]

Sompo Japan offers car insurance in Myanmar

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance has entered Myanmar’s auto insurance market in a first for a foreign company. The Japanese nonlife insurer recently began selling car insurance in the Thilawa special economic zone to the southeast of Yangon. It will mainly market vehicle insurance, as well as bodily injury and property damage liability coverage, to customers […]

Uptown office added for Myanma Insurance

Currently its main office is in Pabedan township on Strand Road, but given increasing traffic levels, this is inconvenient for many people, said deputy finance minister Dr Maung Maung Thein at the opening on September 8. The new office was arrange with assistance of the Road Transportation Administration Department, and will be outfitted with six […]

Private marine insurance as soon as this month: deputy minister

Private marine cargo insurance will be allowed to begin operating as soon as this month, according to deputy finance minister Dr Maung Maung Thein. Marine cargo insurance covers the loss of cargo when it is shipped from the point of origin to a final destination, including when it is sitting at the ports. State-owned Myanma […]