4 ways to boost e-commerce in Myanmar

e-Commerce industry growth will need banks and telcos to reduce service fees, provide better APIs, and simplify procedures to eliminate the hassle of payments Since 2012, foreign investors have been on a gold rush in Myanmar. GDP has climbed up steadily from US$58.68 billion in 2013, to US$64.33 billion in 2014, then US$64.87 billion in 2015. In July 2016, the new […]

Banks mull taking shares as collateral

Investors in Yangon Stock Exchange-listed firms could soon be able to use their shares to access bank loans. The YSX is in discussions with listed companies and lenders about a system for posting stock as collateral, which shareholders are eager to see put in place. Tycoon Serge Pun – owner of listed firm First Myanmar […]

Experts call for stronger property laws in Myanmar

MYANMAR’S real-estate market would become more buoyant if regulations on pricing and related issues were to be strengthened, experts said recently. At the “Property Report Congress Myanmar 2016”, developers and bankers urged the government to improve infrastructure and regulatory reforms. Tony Picon, managing director of Colliers International Myanmar, said the country needed to control property […]

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 […]

Rumors of Foreign Investors Soon Accessing YSX Quashed

RANGOON — Foreign investors will be unable to buy shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) as long as the Myanmar Companies Act is not amended, a senior YSX official said, dispelling rumors that shares trading would open up to foreigners this week. Earlier this week, misleading news apparently spread after Maung Maung Win, chair […]

Can mobile technology bring Myanmar in line with other Asean nations

Myanmar’s central bank has released additional rules on mobile financial services that lay the foundation for efficient and secure mobile financial services in Myanmar. While most of the Association of Southeastern Asian Nation (Asean) region adopts online and mobile banking, Myanmar remains almost completely cash dependent, with most salaries still paid in cash. According to […]

FMI increases capital to Yoma Bank

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) has increased its capital contribution to its subsidiary Yoma Bank by almost K9.6 billion, after accepting a loan facility from Bangkok Bank, said a company announcement yesterday. FMI, owned by businessperson Serge Pun, is the first and only company to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange and owns a 51 percent […]

Mobile money regulations released

The Central Bank of Myanmar has released regulations on mobile financial services, widening a market previously limited to banks to include non-banking financial institutions. The Central Bank announced yesterday that it had issued rules on mobile financial services at the end of last month to build an enabling regulatory framework for efficient and secure mobile financial services […]

Yoma Bank, Telenor to Invest in Mobile Payments Joint Venture

Yoma Bank and Telenor are set to invest more than $8 million each over the next year in their new mobile payments joint venture, according to a company filing. Mobile money is expected to be a growth sector as the expansion of access to mobile phone and internet services coincides with efforts to give more […]

IFC Pledges US$10 Million to Agri-Business Myanma Awba

  RANGOON — The International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Tuesday pledged US$10 million to local agri-business Myanma Awba, according to the IFC website. The additional funds are intended to jump start Myanma Awba’s $25 million project aimed at setting up a new agro-chemicals formulation plant, as well as enhancing packaging and warehouse capacity, seed production, […]