How the pandemic made fintech matter again in Myanmar

The banking sector made Myanmar distrustful of non-cash transactions – how did the pandemic turn the nation back to financial inclusion? Myanmar was considered Asia’s last frontier market, not too long ago – rich in natural resources and investment potential, but only just emerging to the possibilities of digitization. About a decade later, sweeping reforms […]

Ayala to benefit from Myanmar investment

DIVERSIFIED conglomerate Ayala Corp. is seen to benefit in the long run from its investment in Myanmar-based Yoma Group. Last week, the listed firm announced that it was acquiring a maximum 20-percent stake in Yoma Group for $237.5 million to further its presence in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) region. Ayala Center, Makati […]

Myanmar’s digital money transfers set to triple in 2019

<ahref=”https://youtu.be/pCvYiQYDHcE” target=”_blank”> YANGON — Digital money transfer services in Myanmar by mobile phone operators and banks have all but replaced traditional remittances in only a few years. CEO Brad Jones of Digital Money Myanmar — operator of the country’s leading remittance provider Wave Money — says transactions via the service exceeded 2 trillion kyat ($1.3 […]

OUELH expands into Myanmar healthcare with US$19.5m acquisition

OUE Lippo Healthcare (OUELH) is venturing into Myanmar with stake acquisitions in two joint venture companies that own three hospitals, one medical centre and two clinics. This will give the company presence in the key cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi, the subsidiary company of OUE Limited said on Thursday. OUELH’s wholly owned units have […]

Hotel expansion continues in Yangon

More hotels are on the way in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, despite a sluggish tourism performance over the last two years due to the on-going Rohingya crisis. Developers at the luxury end of the market appear undeterred by the drop in European tourists believing business and luxury travel segments will continue to grow. But tour […]

Ground broken on massive mixed-use complex in Yangon

YANGON — Construction began here Thursday on a roughly $700 million project led by Myanmar real estate developer Yoma Strategic Holdings and Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. The commercial-residential complex will be the largest real estate investment in Myanmar since the civilian government took over last March. A Peninsula hotel, the luxury chain run by […]