* Daiwa, TSE say agree with Myanmar cbank to set up exchange
* Myanmar exchange to be set up by 2015-source
* Talks on setting up an exchange been ongoing for a year
By Emi Emoto
TOKYO, April 11 Myanmar will set up a security
exchange with the help of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Daiwa
Securities Group as the resource-rich nation hunts for
foreign investors after decades of isolation.
Daiwa and the TSE announced their plans to establish an
exchange with Myanmar's central bank in a statement on
They did not provide details but a Japanese source with
knowledge of the matter said they were aiming to launch the
bourse in 2015.
News of the exchange follows historic by-elections on April
1 which saw Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her
opposition party secure landslide victories, prompting moves to
relax Western sanctions amid intense investor interest.
Myanmar, the TSE and Daiwa Institute of Research (DIR) plan
to sign a memorandum of understanding about the establishment of
the bourse in mid-May, according to the Japanese source.
The TSE and DIR said in their statement the memorandum with
the Myanmar central bank would serve as the "first step" towards
helping the country develop its capital markets.
But it will not be the country's first experiment with a
stock market. Daiwa was also the joint venture partner in the
tiny Myanmar Securities Exchange, which has only attracted two
listings since its establishment in 1996.
Myanmar was in the grip of military rule for decades, but in
the past year the junta has introduced reforms which have seen
hundreds of political prisoners released and censorship eased.
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won 43 of 45 seats
contested in by-elections on April 1, dealing a major blow to
the ruling military-backed party which still dominates
The United States and the European Union have said they may
relax some sanctions - imposed over the past two decades in
response to human rights abuses. China, a long-time ally, has
called for all sanctions to be lifted.
Myanmar has shown signs of pulling back from the orbit of
China, and attracting foreign investors will help the country in
that endeavour as it seeks to rebuild after years of isolation.
Japan's second-biggest bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, said it
opened an office in Myanmar last Friday in expectation of
increasing foreign investment, while Japanese convenience store
chain Lawson Inc. said it was also planning to move there.
All Nippon Airways Co, Japan's biggest airline by
passenger numbers, said on Wednesday it would resume regular
flights to Myanmar for the first time in 12 years.