Defying the Pandemic Cathay United Bank Yangon Branch Officially Opens

The Yangon Branch of Cathay United Bank (the Bank) was granted preliminary approval by the Central Bank of Myanmar in April, 2020. The president Alan Lee said that this year, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have successfully established the Yangon Branch with the efforts of their colleagues in Myanmar and Taiwan and the spirit of “One Team”. They hope to continue to contribute to the Myanmar in the future. Successful Opening Despite Severe Pandemic since 2010, when the economic and political reforms were initiated and the country was opened to foreign direct investment.

Myanmar economy has grown rapidly, with an average GDP growth rate of over 6% from 2016. In 2014, the Bank established a representative office in Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar. By deeply cultivating the local market, grasping business dynamics, and building a network of relationships over the past 6 years, the Bank has planted the seed of success for the Yangon Branch. Myanmar has been hit hard by COVID-19 with over 120,000 confirmed cases by the end of 2020. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic during the preparation phase, the Bank is able to open its branch within 9 months of approval through the efforts of supervisors and staff in Myanmar, supported by remote technology from the HO.

The Yangon Branch will focus on corporate banking business, provide deposits, remittances, corporate loans, syndicated Loans, project finance, trade finance and other financial services in local currency and USD, target local medium & large enterprises and Taiwanese enterprises, and assiduously participate in infrastructure and economic development projects. With a strong presence in Greater China and Southeast Asia, combined with the expertise and passion of the professionals, the Bank expects to provide quality, complete, and comprehensive cross- border financial services, creating a win-win scenario for both customers and the Bank.

Source: Myanmar Times

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