Businesses urge overhaul of banks’ loan policy

Banking experts and senior officers from the International Council of Small Business (ICSB) said Myanmar must change its loan policy to make it easier for businesses to access debt for growth. In Myanmar, loans issued to businesses are approved based on collateral and are mostly extended over a short term. Compared to other countries, the […]

New insurance scheme to provide aid in obtaining loans

Co-operative Bank (CB) is preparing to launch a new Credit Guarantee Insurance (CGI) system so that it can extend wider financial assistance to the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). CGI covers businesses against non-payment of debts owed to them by business customers for goods or services provided on credit terms. As part of that […]

Unblocking the path to capital freedom for SMEs

Myanmar’s financial sector must progress towards becoming more inclusive of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which form the backbone of the country’s economy, but face difficulties obtaining access to funds for expansion and growth. “We need to liberalise the financial sector to encourage start-ups and support SMEs. This involves integrating the full-range of financial services […]

Myanmar’s Yoma links up with Proximity to boost farm loans

YOMA Bank, Myanmar’s fourth-largest bank by assets with more than 3,000 employees and 72 branches across the nation, has signed a funding agreement with Proximity Designs for 7.3 billion kyats (Bt178.5 million), said a bank executive. Hal Bosher, adviser to the chairman and CEO of Yoma Bank, said the partnership with Proximity Designs, which runs […]

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 […]

Can the central bank’s new guard save businesses in Myanmar?

Among the nominees for deputy governor are economist and retired Budget Department of the Ministry of Planning and Finance officer U Soe Thein, incumbent deputy governor U Soe Min and existing member of the board U Bo Bo Nge. Meanwhile, the newcomers to the Board include former deputy director general of the Union Attorney General’s […]

Trade on the rise, more FDI needed: U Ye Min Aung UMFCCI VP

U Ye Min Aung, vice president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told the Global New Light of Myanmar his views on Myanmar’s economy in an exclusive interview. Q: Please tell us about the current economic situation in Myanmar? A: At the present period, global economy […]

Singapore’s export agency to focus more on Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia

Trade agency IE Singapore has tied up with two new partners to organise more business workshops that will focus on South-east Asia, especially Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia. The new partners – Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Human Capital Singapore – have joined existing partners Singapore Business Federation and Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in […]

Government will provide loans in 2017 to develop the SMEs

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Ks 15 billion loan through the government to develop small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in 2017, according to Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection Department under the Ministry of Industry. JICA will provide the loan with the low interest. The loan will be in the form of two- […]

ADB moves in Myanmar as trade finance hopes grow

Hopes of opening the Myanmar trade finance sector are growing, after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) issued its first guarantee in the country. As part of its Trade Finance Programme (TFP), the ADB guaranteed a letter of credit issued by Banca Popolare di Sondrio of Italy to local lender United Amara Bank (UAB), one of […]