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U.S. gives banking green light to Myanmar tycoons

An employee stands behind a MasterCard logo during the launch of the international credit card issuer's first ATM transaction in Myanmar, in Yangon, in this November 15, 2012 file photo. Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former military regime will start to do business with U.S. companies and investors in the latest reward for the Southeast Asian country's rapid political transformation. The U.S. Treasury Department said on February 22, 2013, it would issue a general licence for four of Myanmar's biggest banks - Myanma Economic Bank, Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank, Asia Green Development Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank - allowing U.S companies and citizens to deal with them. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files

An employee stands behind a MasterCard logo during the launch of the international credit card issuer's first ATM transaction in Myanmar, in Yangon, in this November 15, 2012 file photo. Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former...more

An employee stands behind a MasterCard logo during the launch of the international credit card issuer's first ATM transaction in Myanmar, in Yangon, in this November 15, 2012 file photo. Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former military regime will start to do business with U.S. companies and investors in the latest reward for the Southeast Asian country's rapid political transformation. The U.S. Treasury Department said on February 22, 2013, it would issue a general licence for four of Myanmar's biggest banks - Myanma Economic Bank, Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank, Asia Green Development Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank - allowing U.S companies and citizens to deal with them. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files
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People walk past ATM machines at a shopping centre in Yangon, in this May 27, 2012 file photo. Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former military regime will start to do business with U.S. companies and investors in the latest reward for the Southeast Asian country's rapid political transformation. The U.S. Treasury Department said on February 22, 2013, it would issue a general licence for four of Myanmar's biggest banks - Myanma Economic Bank, Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank, Asia Green Development Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank - allowing U.S companies and citizens to deal with them. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files

People walk past ATM machines at a shopping centre in Yangon, in this May 27, 2012 file photo. Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former military regime will start to do business with U.S. companies and investors in the latest...more

People walk past ATM machines at a shopping centre in Yangon, in this May 27, 2012 file photo. Two banks owned by tycoons associated with Myanmar's former military regime will start to do business with U.S. companies and investors in the latest reward for the Southeast Asian country's rapid political transformation. The U.S. Treasury Department said on February 22, 2013, it would issue a general licence for four of Myanmar's biggest banks - Myanma Economic Bank, Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank, Asia Green Development Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank - allowing U.S companies and citizens to deal with them. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/Files
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