Uber Appoints Woman as First GM of Myanmar

Uber has appointed Daw Ei Phyu Lwin, effective Monday, July 3, as General Manager of its local operations, marking another major milestone in Myanmar. The appointment comes nearly two months after it launched in May and reaffirms its commitment to create better earning opportunities for driver partners and safer, more convenient mobility for riders. As […]

Grab and Wave Money push e-payment

Taxi service firm Grab and the e-payment platform Wave Money signed an agreement to provide online payment for the taxi service on June 29 in Yangon. Wave Money, the first licensed mobile-money service in the country, has detailed a plan to implement e-money accounts for Grab taxi drivers, moving the cash-based payment towards online transactions. […]

Grab is adding Myanmar’s Wave Money to its mobile wallet

Ride-hailing and mobile payments startup Grab is partnering with Wave Money in Myanmar. Drivers will be able to sign up for emoney accounts that let them cash out their daily earnings at one of Wave’s 9,000 shops across Myanmar, Grab said in a statement today. Grab also plans to integrate Wave Money’s digital wallet with […]

Mobile Money Flourishing in Myanmar

YANGON — For a population used to carrying wads of cash stuffed in pockets, purses and wallets, mobile money has the potential in Myanmar to dislodge paper as the main means to make payments and remittances. Mobile money is a fintech service that enables money to be deposited and withdrawn using apps downloaded to mobile phones. […]

5th Yangon Property Exhibition – Over $11 million USD worth of properties sold

The 5th Yangon Property Exhibition, organised by leading property website iMyanmarHouse.com, took place over 19th-21st May 2017. The event brought together over 50 property developers and real estate companies hoping to sell their wares to over 12,000 eager attendees. More than 120 new development projects were showcased at the exhibition, ranging from high-end condos to […]

How microfinance can help Myanmar meet its major funding needs

Myanmar’s economy has logged one of the fastest growth rates in the world since it opened up in 2011, but its development of channels for financing such growth has not kept pace. The stock market, which began trading in March 2016, has just four listings, and overall market capitalization is equivalent to less than 1% […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]

Myanmar Is Next Vietnam With 10% Growth: British Diplomat

Myanmar could be the next Vietnam or Thailand, with the economy having the potential of growing as much as 10 percent, a senior British diplomat said. The Southeast Asian nation, which is opening its economy to investors after decades of military rule, has to overcome challenges including a shortage of power supply, lack of policy […]

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 […]

Myanmar’s burgeoning financial sector attracts foreign suppliers

Foreign companies are rushing in to beef up Myanmar’s financial infrastructure, vying to win orders for ATMs and financial software from commercial banks that are rapidly growing under a civilian government. This month, Diebold Nixdorf, the world’s top ATM supplier, will open its first sales office in Myanmar. It is to be staffed with its […]