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Waiting for change at Myanmar’s central bank

Myanmar’s central bank governor Kyaw Kyaw Maung has long been seen as an impediment to reform. But come July, he will be out and a new chief will be in, heralding, it is to be hoped, a new era of change Being a bank in Myanmar isn’t easy, with lenders of all sizes facing insuperable […]

Visa Profits up on Better Use of Its Credit Cards

Visa Inc beat Wall Street’s quarterly profit expectations when it released financial results on October 25 as more people made payments using its world-wide network, which includes Myanmar. Visa’s payment volumes rose 9.8 percent to $1.93 trillion with the US accounting for about 43 pc of that total. For the quarter ended September 30, net […]

Myanmar’s United Amara to issue 15,000 Visa cards in 4 months

UNITED Amara Bank (UAB), one of the largest financial institutions in Myanmar, will issue more than 15,000 Visa credit cards by the end of this year, says Christopher Loh, the bank’s chief executive officer and special adviser to the chairman. Loh announced on Tuesday the launch of UAB’s first suite of credit cards with Visa […]

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 […]

Diebold Nixdorf Targets Retail Market

​​ New York and Frankfurt-listed Diebold Nixdorf, an international financial services and technology company, opened its first Myanmar office in Yangon on February 3 to establish its direct presence in the country. The company is hoping to launch its financial retail services in Myanmar. “Diebold Nixdorf will expand payment services for shopping malls and retail […]

Western Union launches outbound money transfer service in Myanmar

WESTERN UNION, a global payment services provider, has launched Myanmar’s first outbound money-transfer service, three years after launching inbound services. Patricia Riingen, the firm’s senior vice president for Southeast Asia and Oceania, said the target consumers would be people aged from 25 to 60 who are active on social media and have international exposure (either […]

Companies prepare for Yangon Stock Exchange listings next year

Preparations are underway for the first companies to attempt a listing on the Yangon Stock Exchange early next year, though progress is slower than expected, as only the name of one securities company has so far been announced. The names of six companies that meet – or are close to meeting – listing criteria issued […]

Scramble behind the scenes as Yangon Stock Exchange nears launch

Just a week before Myanmar’s first modern stock exchange is set to open on December 9, a much-delayed announcement on the names of securities companies has not yet been made, underwriters have not received licences and domestic IPOs seem a distant dream. Ten companies have been offered conditional underwriting licences for the Yangon Stock Exchange, […]

Yangon Stock Exchange 10 underwriter names leak

Subscribe to our tender alert mailing list The YSE will be launched on 9th Dec 2015. The name of the 10 firms that leaked out are: AYA Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary, AYA Trust Securities Company. Aya Bank is owned by U Zaw Zaw of Max Myanmar Group. Co-operative Bank’s wholly owned subsidiary CB Bank Securities […]

Thai-Myanmar JV receives stock exchange broker licence

A Thai broker and its Myanmar joint venture partner have been awarded a broker licence for the soon-to-open Yangon Stock Exchange. New York-based broker Auerbach Grayson & Company announced on October 20 that its Thai subsidiary KT ZMICO and local partner KTZ Ruby Hill Securities were one of four foreign brokers to receive a broker […]