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QR code payment system set to launch this year

The Central Bank of Myanmar is set to implement a standardised national payment system by this year, says CBM Vice Governor U Bo Bo Nge. Daw Than Than Swe, director general of the CBM’s Financial Institutions Regulation Department, said to the Myanmar Times that the system will cover international payments, mobile wallets and all mobile […]

Online shopping picks up momentum in Myanmar

Shop.com.mm, the Myanmar arm of China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba Group, generated sales of over US$90,000 (K143 million)in the first hour of its first-ever Singles Day online sale on November 11. The occasion, also known as 11.11, is the biggest shopping event in China. Shop which is the largest online shopping platform in Myanmar, received […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MPU to Implement ATM Cash Transfer by Early 2018

According to Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), card holders will soon be able to transfer money to each other through any ATMs regardless of bank it belongs to. MPU officials claimed that the service will launch as early as January as at least 90 percent of the service have been completed. However, not all banks have […]

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 […]

Vietnamese Firm Wins Planning Ministry Project

​​ RANGOON — A Vietnamese firm has won the bid for a project to help upgrade Burma’s public finance system. FPT group will implement the US$11.3 million World Bank-funded project to install pre-fabricated data center facilities in Naypyidaw and Rangoon for the Ministry of Planning and Finance. The Vietnamese conglomerate beat 12 rivals from China, […]

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 […]