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CBM mulls new system of bank payments in Myanmar-China trade

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has said it will allow traders to make payments through banks for conducting trading activities with China. The CBM will allow the payment facility beginning this year, and plans to grant permits to private banks to offer the facility. Under the new service, individual traders will be able to […]

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 […]

Central Bank Drops Exchange Rate Limits

YANGON — The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Monday that private banks and exchange counters are no longer required to trade within the official exchange rate band in a move meant to help prevent price manipulation and settle recent fluctuations. The announcement does not explicitly say whether the Central Bank was adopting a floating […]

Myanmar moves to stave off credit crunch

NAPYITAW — Myanmar’s banking system is facing tough new regulations that could take more than $1 billion worth of local currency out of circulation, severely curtail lending and badly hurt the economy if a tight compliance deadline is not eased, senior bankers have warned. The Central Bank of Myanmar published its first set of modern […]

Private banks hike lending to SMEs

SMALL and medium enterprises in Myanmar will soon get greater access to finance as private banks plan to extend more credit to boost the economy, according to speakers at the Amcham Financial Services Forum held last week. Zaw Lin Aung, managing director of KBZ Bank, the largest private bank in Myanmar with the largest retail […]

AYA Bank selects Misys Fusion Banking Suite for next transformation project

AYA Bank (Ayeyarwady Bank) has selected the Misys Fusion Banking suite to support a transformative project which will overhaul its core banking system, digitalise operations and improve overall efficiency throughout the organisation, according to a press release. U ZawZaw, Chairman, AYA Bank said, “It’s thrilling to see more of our vision for AYA Bank come […]

Sales of apartments booming thanks to instalment payments

Instalment housing under K30 million are experiencing strong sales within the real estate market, according to U Yan Aung, general manager of Asia Construction. “Within the market, sales of instalment housing in the lower price range, ranging from around K10 million, are booming. The majority of the people are purchasing normal apartment units with an […]

Forex-starved lenders ask Central Bank for policy shift

Private financial institutions want the use of Nostro accounts — held in a foreign country and denominated in the currency of that country — to become mandatory for banks making import payments on behalf of clients, according to sources at private banks. The Yangon Foreign Exchange Market Committee submitted the policy request to the Central […]

Myanmar Millennium Group and Atos sign for banking services

In another sign Myanmar’s financial services industry is moving forward, French digital services firm Atos has made its market debut through a partnership with Myanmar Millennium Group (MMG), with the two businesses signing a memorandum of understanding on October 17. The link-up, which will bring Atos’ banking service offering to Myanmar, connects the foreign IT […]