Bloomberg Invest Myanmar

9 March 2017 | Yangon, Myanmar


KBZ Bank, established in 1994, is the largest privately owned bank in Myanmar and the first to have expanded internationally, with representative offices in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

With 17,000 staff, 450 branches nationwide and 40% market share of both retail and commercial banking, KBZ is leading the way for Myanmar’s rapidly developing financial services industry through an approach that understands the unique context of the country’s economy as it transitions towards a digital future.

As Myanmar’s economy expands and opens up, KBZ sees exciting opportunity to work with further international investors, providing a critical bridge to Myanmar’s fast-growing cities, entrepreneurs and local communities.



Bangkok Bank is one of the largest regional banks in Southeast Asia. Established in 1944 and listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, it is Thailand’s market leader in corporate and SME banking and has the country’s largest retail customer base of 17 million accounts. In addition to a nationwide domestic branch network of more than 1,200 branches, the bank’s 24/7 self-service network includes over 9000 ATMs and 1,200 cash deposit machines, plus mobile, phone and internet banking.

Internationally, Bangkok Bank has the largest overseas branch network of any Thai bank with 30 overseas branches in 14 economies, including branches in nine of the countries which make up the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While its international network is focused on Southeast Asia and China, its global presence includes branches in New York, London and Tokyo.  It is the only Thai bank with a local license in China, Bangkok Bank (China) and it also has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Bangkok Bank Berhad, in Malaysia.

The bank’s ongoing market leadership is due to its philosophy of developing long-term supportive partnerships with its customers. The complementary synergies between its international, corporate, investment, business and personal-banking services means the bank offers an impressive breadth and depth of services to both local clients and international investors.


Listed on the main board of Singapore Stock Exchange, Singapore Myanmar Investco Limited (“SMI”) is an investment and management company focused on Myanmar. Participating in the modernization and growth of Myanmar, SMI brings ground breaking international products and services to meet emerging consumer and development demand.

SMI has a highly experienced management team, led by Patrick Ho and Mark Bedingham who have wide experience in finance, business development and emerging markets. An experienced leadership team is in place and is complemented by the recruitment of specialist executives focused on core areas of business development.

SMI has established various consumer-related and infrastructure-related businesses, many with major international partners.

The Group continues to look for new business opportunities, and aims to play an active role in the modernization and growth of Myanmar.


Viettel was founded in 1989, as a state-owned company. We are currently the largest telecommunications group in Vietnam running different types of business including telecommunications, information technologies and services.

In 2000, Viettel officially joined the telecommunications market. After only 8 years by then, Viettel became the leading telecommunications service provider in Vietnam.

In 2006, Viettel expand business to the first overseas market in Cambodia. With the latest invesment in Myanmar, we are now present in 11 countries with total customers of 100 million across Asia, Africa and America.

Viettel’s mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name “Viettel” in Vietnam, “Metfone” in Cambodia, “Unitel” in Laos, “Telemor” in Timor-Leste, “Natcom” in Haiti, “Bitel” in Peru, “Movitel” in Mozambique, “Nexttel” in Cameroon, “Lumitel” in Burundi and “Halotel” in Tanzania.

Viettel Group is confident to be one of a few Asian group that have experience in generalizing telecommunications and information technology in emerging markets. With average annual growth rate at double digits, Viettel is one of the world’s fastest growing telecommunications service providers.

Since 2008, Viettel has been in top 100 most valuable telecommunications brand in the world while obtaining over 20 prestigious international awards from World Communications Awards, Stevie Awards, Frost & Sullivan, Africacom, etc.



The Myanmar Economic Forum is an economic focused public policy think tank.

Operating from Yangon, Myanmar we are a platform for local and global stakeholders to meet and discuss ideas and solutions for the long term sustainable economic development and advancement of Myanmar.

Our focus to date has been to explore solutions via dialogue on the following themes:
How to best integrate Myanmar into the global financial markets

Policy Impacts for Increased FDI’s into Myanmar

(with an emphasis on “Sustainable Infrastructure Development and the Environment”)
Our objective is to help contribute to various macro-economic policy discussions that effect Myanmar’s growth and development ranging from banking and finance to infrastructure development to foreign investment policy issues to a broad range of industry specific challenges and their potential solutions.

For the future, we have a Research interest in Public Policy and seek your active participation in our journey.

Come join the platform … be part of the dialogue.

Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/myeconomicforum

The American Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (AMCHAM Myanmar) is a chapter under AMCHAM Thailand and was established on October 31, 2013.

To date, more than 170 companies employing over 6,000 Myanmar nationals have joined the Chapter. These companies represent a diverse collection of industries and nationalities, but share a common goal to expand commerce between Myanmar and the U.S. and operate according to the highest international business standards.

The mission of the AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter is to foster commerce and trade between Myanmar and the U.S. and provide a forum to help U.S. companies do business in Myanmar. AMCHAM Myanmar and its members uphold the highest of business standards, operating in accordance with the Universal Business Principles including environmentally and socially responsible business practices. For more information, please go to www.amchammyanmar.com.

Bell Pottinger is an international full service communications company that is committed to promoting the reputation of our clients. Headquartered in London, we have offices around the world and a particularly strong presence in Asia.  In 2014 we opened our Yangon office where we help those doing business in Myanmar get their message across more effectively.  In doing so, we offer both our international experience and our local knowledge.

Globally, Bell Pottinger has over 240 communications specialists.  We advise world leaders in politics and business as well as world class brands, numbering among our clients organisations and individuals in every industrial and commercial sector.

Our key strength lies in our ability to provide an integrated offering across disciplines and platforms, from corporate and financial communications to media, consumer and investor relations, public affairs advisory, digital and design solutions, crisis communications and employee engagement.


The British Chamber has over 220 member companies, including leading Myanmar, British, ASEAN and European businesses. The Chamber provides regular networking opportunities for the business community, up to date and relevant information on doing business in Myanmar and advice for market entrants navigating the challenges of establishing a business in the country. The Chamber also promotes opportunities Myanmar to UK companies, encouraging British trade and investment in Myanmar and offers a range of market entry services to UK companies.


Established in 2012, the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) is known as “the voice” of the Canadian private sector in ASEAN. The CABC’s mission is to educate and guide its members toward concrete commercial opportunities and to facilitate the creation of a sustainable and prosperous Canada-ASEAN business corridor.

The council has three primary offering for its members: to provide/produce region-specific educational materials in partnership with leading universities and think tanks; serve as an advocacy engine to Canadian and regional governments in order to provide a platform through which to enact change; and facilitate high-level networking opportunities between Canadian and ASEAN companies, using our extensive network to provide an effective means for our members to make key connections in the region. The CABC hosts the Canada-ASEAN Business Forum, in addition to a number of sector-specific events.

Based in Singapore, the CABC has recently launched its first Canadian office in Calgary, Alberta.

For more information, please visit www.canasean.com

The French Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a business network of more than 100 French, Myanmar and International companies. Its objective is to expand and develop business and economic relationships between France and Myanmar by offering various activities to its members and by supporting the commercial endeavours of French Companies in Myanmar and Myanmar Companies in France.

CCI France Myanmar is a non-profit organization created on the basis of the French Business Association in Myanmar established on March 14, 1996. The Chamber became in June 2013 one of the 112 French Chambers based overseas. It also works closely with the other Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France and abroad, and the foreign Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar. Moreover, the Chamber collaborates with other trade-related French institutions such as the French Embassy’s Economic Department, Business France or the French Foreign Trade Advisors (“CCE”).


Established in early 2014, the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Myanmar is part of the AHK network and supports German companies with a range of tailor-made services. The Delegation works on inquiries regarding exports, investment, sourcing and project activities. It closely co-operates with local institutions, especially the UMFCCI (Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and fosters contacts with Myanmar companies. The Delegation works alongside the German Myanmar Business Chamber (GMBC). For more information, visit www.myanmar.ahk.de.

The East Asia Business Council (EABC) was inaugurated in April 2004 in Kuala Lumpur, as a result of the recommendations from the East Asia Study Group conducted by the ASEAN+3 governments. The EABC comprises three business leaders from each ASEAN member countries, Japan, China and Republic of Korea, appointed by the respective Economic Ministers. The Council submits its recommendations for the consideration of AEM+3 Consultations through the SEOM+3 Consultations, if necessary.



The European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar – EuroCham – serves as the voice of European business in Myanmar. Its main mission is to advocate member interests with organisations in Myanmar, the ASEAN region and the EU.



Founded in May 2015, the German Myanmar Business Chamber (GMBC) is the official membership organization of German businesses and a platform for bilateral exchange and co-operation. The GMBC is the voice of German business in Myanmar and Myanmar companies with business activities and interest in Germany. We want to offer a platform for dialogue with the Myanmar business community and government along with initiating joint projects in a spirit of partnership and mutual benefit. For more information, visit www.gm-bc.com.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital, expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

Started in 1993, SAM is an association for Singaporeans living, working and doing business in Myanmar.

Over the years, SAM has organised many different events to promote fellowship and networking among its members through various social gatherings, functions and sports activities.

Charity has also been close to SAM’s heart and we strive to do our best to give back to our host country, Myanmar, by supporting the local charities through our various charitable activities.

Having just celebrated 50 years of friendship between Singapore and Myanmar, Singapore is one of the largest investor countries in Myanmar, in both private and government sectors. SAM provides the Singapore business community and business houses a platform to play a part in the emerging Myanmar economy through our networking activities with the Myanmar business community, and at the same time, we act as a catalyst for the world community who wish to venture into Myanmar.