16 October 2014

Maybank set to open formal branch office in Myanmar

Maybank, the fourth largest bank by assets in ASEAN, has been granted a banking license to open a branch office in Myanmar, according to an official announcement by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) in October. Given as part of a move to liberalise the banking sector in the country, such licenses facilitate the foreign banks to participate in previously restricted services in Myanmar, including providing loans to foreign companies as well as domestic banks.

Maybank opened its representative office in Yangon back in 1994, providing liaison and advisory services. For over 20 years, Maybank had established correspondent banking relationships with domestic banks and supported Myanmar in infrastructure building by leveraging upon its regional presence and project financing strength. Maybank had financed key infrastructure projects such as airport, telecommunications and gas pipeline projects. The implementation of Maybank Money Express in 2012 has also made Maybank the first Malaysian bank to establish a Myanmar-Malaysia remittance service jointly with five domestic banks. These key milestones demonstrate Maybank's deep understanding of Myanmar's priorities, and its ongoing commitment to Myanmar's development.

Group President and CEO of Maybank, Datuk Abdul Farid Alias said that the foreign banking license granted to Maybank was a significant milestone in its partnership with Myanmar on its journey of growth, and will help further strengthen the Group’s regional footprint as well as its capabilities in serving customers seamlessly throughout ASEAN.

“Moving forward, we hope to facilitate greater cross-border trade between Myanmar and our core markets as well as in the Greater Mekong Subregion, particularly in Yunnan upon the opening of our third China branch in Kunming,” he said. “In line with our mission of humanising financial services, we also hope to continue to do our part in shaping Myanmar’s financial sector, and empower the Myanmar communities to accelerate socioeconomic growth.”

Meanwhile, CEO of Maybank International, Pollie Sim added that Maybank's commitment to partner Myanmar on the journey of growth has seen the Bank play a pivotal role in sharing technical and capabilities-building knowledge with bankers in Myanmar over the years.

“Maybank understands that building capabilities has always been one of Myanmar's priorities to develop its socioeconomic growth," she said. 

With over 2,400 offices spread across more than 20 countries including presence in all 10 ASEAN countries, Maybank can leverage on its extensive network to capture the flow of business around the world and seamlessly connect Myanmar to the global economy.

As the only Malaysian bank awarded a foreign banking license in Myanmar, Maybank looks forward to deepening its relationship with Myanmar through strong partnership with the domestic banks in the areas of international trade, interbank and capital markets. Maybank is positive on Myanmar’s economic outlook and will draw on the strength of its regional assets and capabilities to help Myanmar’s growth leapfrog in the region.