Yangon, 1 Oct— Following the signing of MoUs on cooperation and provision of a US$30 million loan between the Small & Medium Industrial Development Bank (SMIDB) of Myanmar and the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development (BIDV) of Vietnam about four months ago, bilateral ties are progressing with the realization of the contents in the agreements, the two banks told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Under the program of BIDV’s technical assistance to modernization of IT system in banking activities of the SMIDB, exchange of delegation visits were undertaken in June and September, focusing on the application of Corebanking system for the SMIDB’s banking products and services.
“During our one-week study tour in Vietnam last month, we received an introduction of BIDV’s corebanking system”, said SMIDB Managing Director U Tin Maung Htay on Tuesday, noting that the cutting edge of information technology has brought success to the BIDV.
He went on to say that the Vietnamese leading bank offered an interest-free loan for installation of $3-4 million corebanking software system to upgrade banking operations of the SMIDB.
With the recent study tours of the two banks brought about by the MoU signing, exchange of two or three IT staff for capacity building and transfer of technology will follow soon, he added.
The BIDV announced to loan the Myanmar SME bank $ 30 million with a 4-percent interest rate for five years on 6 June, 2014.
“Terms and conditions of the loan agreement are under discussion prior to seeking approval of the Central Bank of Myanmar, reaching a final stage”, said the managing director.
The BIDV, a large state-owned bank in Vietnam, rent a place in the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar Centre being built in downtown Yangon for its future plan in Myanmar, said Pham Minh Tuan, the deputy head of BIDV’s Representative Office which was established in Yangon in April, 2010.