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Central Bank will consider further rate liberalisation

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will consider further liberalising interest rates and allow private banks more freedom to set their own rates to be more competitive, U Soe Min, deputy governor of the CBM told Parliament on Monday. The CBM will seek assistance and advice from the International Monetary Fund in doing so and […]

No need to be worried about bank loan rumours: CBM

Rumours of runaway non-performing loans (NPLs) at local banks are unfounded and the public has nothing to be concerned about, Daw Khin San Hlaing, chair of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Banking and Financial Development Committee, said after a meeting between the committee and central bank on Tuesday evening. “The CBM reassured us that private banks are […]

Usage of int’l prepaid cards in kyat not allowed: CBM

Usage of prepaid cards from four international payment providers will not be permitted in the local currency, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) said on July 25. In a statement signed by CBM Director General Daw Myint Myint Kyi of the Accounts Department, the CBM noted that prepaid cards are being used to settle payments […]

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 […]