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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plastic chips away at cash’s dominance in Myanmar

YANGON — Credit cards are gaining traction in Myanmar, where cash has long been king, with foreign players such as China UnionPay and Japan’s JCB lured by rising consumer incomes and an increasingly robust financial infrastructure. JCB, in conjunction with Myanmar Payment Union and Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as Aya Bank, debuted a credit card Tuesday […]

AYA BANK launches the First Universal JCB-MPU co-brand cards

AYA Bank launched the first JCB credit and debit card as AYA Universal MPU-JCB Co-Brand cards in Myanmar yesterday, becoming the first in the country to issue Japanese JCB credit and debit cards. The Ayeyarwady Bank, also known as AYA Bank, is issuing the “AYA Universal MPU-JCB Co-Brand Card” combining the Myanmar Payment Union-MPU brand […]

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 […]

AmCham, UMFCCI to Host Conference on US Investment

RANGOON — After a successful meeting between American Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (AmCham) members and high-ranking Burmese government officials last month, a new summit to feature Burmese economists and US businesspeople has been set for next Monday in Rangoon. The conference will be hosted at the offices of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers […]

MPU and KEB Hana Card sign MoU

THE Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) and South Korean KEB Hana Card signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly conduct payment services in Myanmar. According to the MoU, MPU Card users will have access to the services of KEB Hana Card and South Korean businessmen will also receive the financial service from local banks. Members […]