Regulatory roadmap needed for banking sector reform

Myanmar needs to establish a regulatory roadmap for the banking sector. This will give the local banks more clarity on the progress and timing of upcoming regulations, allowing them to gear up for further reform and growth. “Carrying out regulatory reform at an unmeasured pace can cause trouble,” said Azeem Azimuddin, CFO of Ayeyarwady Bank, […]

More firms to be listed on Yangon stock exchange

PEOPLE’S interest in trading on the Yangon stock exchange does not seem to be growing 18 months after its launch but more companies are nevertheless keen to be listed, say officials. Htay Chun, a member of Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar, says that at least two more companies hope to complete the necessary procedures […]

Myanmar insurance to thrive with competition and free market

U Myo Min Thu is the Managing Director of AYA Myanmar Insur­ance (AMI), one of the top three private insurers in Myanmar. AMI was created in 2013 follow­ing the liberalization of economic policy which permitted private insur­ers to enter the market. AMI is the insurance arm of AYA Financial Group, a conglomerate which also owns […]

Myanmar Raises the Bar

The country is opening up its economy to foreign investors. To do so, it is introducing the Myanmar Companies Bill, extending credit and lifting bans to raise confidence in its economy. The latest draft of the Myanmar Companies Bill was submitted to the Amyotha Hluttaw by Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung […]

SECM Clamps Down on Financial Scams and Illegal Trading

THE Securities Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) is clamping down on financial scams and illegal trading by unlisted companies in the country. On July 3, it appealed to the public for more information on I Smart Co, a company with operations in Mawlamine. I Smart Co is reported to be engaged in suspicious trading activities […]

FDI companies can trade on YSX

When the new Myanmar Companies Act emerges, a system to allow companies with foreign investment to list on the Yangon Stock Exchange, will be established, said U Htay Chun, a member of Myanmar Securities Exchange Supervisory Commission to Myawady Daily newspaper, yesterday. “Foreigners are unauthorized to participate in stock trading on YSX under existing Myanmar […]

Thai-Myanmar Regulators Tie up Deal

AS MYANMAR tries to grow its young capital market with the help with international partners, Thailand will become the first foreign country to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar in less than three months, according to Htay Chun, commissioner of SECM. He said the securities and exchange […]

Myanmar’s Stock Exchange Struggles a Year After Launch

​ YANGON — Housed in a stately colonial building at the heart of Myanmar’s financial district sits the Yangon Stock Exchange, which amid great expectations opened its doors as the country’s first bourse a year ago this month. Fast forward to today, and the exchange, known as YSX, is struggling. With only four listed issues, […]

NLD’s One-Year Anniversary: Government’s Economic Focus a Little Thin on Substance (I)

While a year has passed since the new government proclaimed “It’s time for change”, there’s no evidence of substantive changes for the private sector. Bureaucracy, lack of policy clarity and political uncertainty have dampened the mood of businesses. One year has almost passed since the new government took office with the slogan that shouts “It’s […]

Stock Exchange Not ready for Open Market

​​ Htay Chun, a member of the Myanmar Securities Exchange Supervisory Commission said the country is not in a position to establish an over-the-counter market for public companies which are not included on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX). There was a widespread criticism that the selling of shares by some public companies without an over-the-counter […]