Yangon, August 14, 2019—The International
Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, signed an
agreement with the Myanmar Citizens Bank (MCB) that will increase access
to finance for businesses, smaller enterprises and individuals.
Under the agreement, IFC will provide advice
to MCB to undertake a project to transform its business operations, creating
a secure foundation that will help support future prosperity in Myanmar.
The project will be delivered over two years
and will focus on optimizing products and channels; improving branch and
sales networks; optimizing credit and risk management strategies as well
as streamlining organizational management.
“Successfully implementing this transformation
project will significantly strengthen our SME and retail banking segments
and will help thousands of businesses in Myanmar gain access to better
banking,” said U Toe Aung Myint, Chairman of MCB.
According to Findex in 2017 it was estimated
that only around 26 percent of adults in Myanmar have an account at a financial
institution. For businesses, just 7 percent of small and medium enterprises
have a line of credit or loan, and 56 percent of enterprises in Myanmar
do not have a savings or checking account (UNCDF 2018).
“Emerging from the long-term banking restrictions,
smaller domestic banks in Myanmar operate in a challenging environment.
The nation’s banking sector is now one of the least developed in the region,”
said Vikram Kumar, IFC Country Manager for Myanmar. “Complementing the
government’s banking reforms over the past few years, IFC and MCB are
building to a more stable and robust banking environment, which will increase
investor confidence in Myanmar.”
By increasing MCB's ability to better serve
SMEs, IFC will contribute to the increasing access to finance, accelerating
much needed growth of credit to Myanmar’s expanding private sector, particularly
for smaller businesses.
Aligning with the Myanmar Government’s Sustainable
Development Plan to 2030 and with IFC’s goals to end extreme poverty and
boost shared prosperity, IFC has already invested in two other projects
to boost Myanmar’s banking sector. Providing access to banking services
which were previously unavailable is one of the first steps to alleviating
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Since its establishment in 1992, Myanmar
Citizens Bank has been a pioneer in the banking industry in our country.
Over the years the bank has contributed to the different sectors in the
economy covering Agriculture, Manufacturing. Service and trading sectors
and we have impacted and enriched the livelihood of thousands of our fellow
countrymen. The bank is active in SME and Retail segments with a wide ranging
product offerings such as Loans, overdrafts, Hire Purchase, Remittance
services, International Trade Services, Deposits to cater to the needs
of our customers. In terms of its total assets, MCB is ranked a mid-tier
bank in this country with a branch network of 43 branches covering most
parts of the country and a total staff strength of over 860. MCB was the
first bank to be listed in the Yangon Stock Exchange in August 2016. In
an era of constant change, technological advancement, more stringent regulations
and corporate governance in the banking industry, MCB commenced on a transformation
journey to modernize itself with international standard best practices
a few years back. The bank acknowledges the need to strive for innovation
and enhanced efficiency through technology. Through digitization initiatives
and a corporate rebranding, MCB has been taking significant steps to reinvent
its banking operation and redefine its identity. With our solid foundations
and good reputation, we strive to further develop into a dynamic, nimble
and innovative banking institution for SME, Retail and Corporate customers.