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 […]

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 […]

Wave Money Set for Ambitious Growth in Myanmar

WAVE MONEY, the first company to be awarded a licence under Myanmar’s mobile financial services regulations, is planning for ambitious growth in the country, according to Vibeke Siljan Krohn, the firm’s head of sales, marketing and distribution. Krohn said the company was focused on the mass market with the goal of providing mobile financial services […]

Mitsubishi to sell brand new cars in installment

Mitsubishi will offer one to five year installment plan for Mandalay residents to purchase its 2016 brand new cars through a link with Yoma Bank, said Ko Soe Htut Aung, marketing executive from Mitsubishi Motors Cars Myanmar Limited. Mitsubishi Car showroom was opened in Mandalay in the second week of November to introduce its brand […]

CBM likely to pave way for new mobile money services

The Central Bank of Myanmar will allow money services on mobile devices, according to Director- General Daw Than Than Swe of the CBM. “We are trying to implement effective financial services for the public” said Daw Than Than Swe. “The services aim to provide convenient services for people in rural areas who do not have […]

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 […]