Traders expect better business on wider trade financing options

Now that the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has allowed a total of seven foreign banks to provide trade financing services in Myanmar, traders are anticipating much better business in the months ahead. Last December, the CBM permitted 13 foreign banks to apply for approval to offer trade financing services in the country. Since then, […]

Banking curbs stagnating trade with Myanmar : businesses

Improving economic ties with Myanmar may be a key agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Neighbourhood First and Act East policies, but if the business community in Myanmar is to be believed, India’s commercial banking sector is not yet convinced about it. Though the US has withdrawn sanctions on Myanmar and top US banks are […]

Modernisation Fuels New Lending in Myanmar’s Banking Sector

At the end of February the Central Bank of My­anmar (CBM) announced it was considering ­panding the range of ser­vices that foreign lenders in the country can offer by allowing them to provide trade-only accounts to importers and exporters, which local banks are un­able to do. Of the 24 domestic banks, nine are involved in […]

Foreign banks finish licence legwork

BRIEF: E.SUN Commercial Bank and State Bank of India – the last of the foreign lenders that won approval to open branches in Myanmar earlier this year – have finished the entry process and begin this week fully licensed. The Central Bank announced late last week that E.SUN Commercial Bank and State Bank of India […]

Myanmar admits more foreign banks ahead of NLD accession

BANGKOK — Myanmar has given preliminary operating licenses to four more foreign banks, following the government’s decision in late 2014 to grant licenses to an initial nine foreign banks. The move — just before a new administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over on April 1 — highlights a rush by the incumbent […]

India to provide $150 million to set up SEZ in Myanmar

New Delhi: India has offered USD 150 million of credit for project exports to set up a SEZ in Myanmar and has expressed hope that the neighbouring country would permit Indian banks to set up branches there. The issues came up for discussion during the three-day visit of Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma to […]