AYA Bank is proud to be The Official Banking Partner of the Green Energy Exhibition, organized by the Mandalay UMFCCI (The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry) on 10th and 11th June 2023. Our dedicated team of senior executives and officials from Yangon and Mandalay, led by U Myint Zaw (Chief Executive Officer) and U Minn Wint Oo (Managing Director of Retail Banking), attended the grand opening ceremony, demonstrating our commitment to sustainable development.
The AYA Financial Group takes collective strength in presenting the complete suite of financial services to our valued customers at the Green Energy Exhibition. This remarkable occasion highlights the seamless collaboration between AYA Bank, AYA Pay, and AYA Sompo Insurance, delivering a truly holistic experience for our customers.
In today's world, where reducing carbon footprint is crucial, AYA Bank recognizes the importance of promoting green energy solutions. We firmly believe that investing in renewable energy is not only environmentally responsible but also economically beneficial. By supporting initiatives like the green energy exhibition, we aim to create awareness and provide accessible options with renewable energy sources and solutions for individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.
At the exhibition, renowned brands such as Tesla, Prime, Soco, offering a range of electric vehicles (EVs). These vehicles can not only help lower carbon emissions but also provide significant savings on fuel costs. With prices starting as low as USD $8,400 and attractive financing options like AYA Auto Loan, transitioning to an electric vehicle has become more affordable and convenient than ever before.
We are excited to showcase how charging your electronic vehicles can be hassle-free. Battery stations are available, offering battery packs that can power your EV for up to 100 miles. This means fewer visits to refuel, making your journey more efficient and reducing your carbon footprint.
Moreover, as a leader in sustainable finance, AYA Bank offers Green Financing options to support individuals and SMEs to large enterprises in their eco-friendly endeavors. Whether it is investing in solar powered homes, renewable energy projects, energy-efficient infrastructure, or sustainable businesses, we provide customized financial solutions to drive positive environmental impact.
AYA Bank organized ‘National Apprenticeship Program’ in partnership with the National Management Acdemy (NMA) to shape the future of students with a wide range of opportunities to learn a specific skill in the financial services industry.
AYA Bank, represented by Daw Khine Swe Thaw, Head of Organization Development and NMA, represented by U Han Htoo, Managing Director has officially signed a partnership on 15th May, 2023, launching exclusive "National Apprenticeship Program.". This program offers aspiring young students and professionals a unique opportunity to work at AYA Bank while pursuing studies at NMA.
Selected apprentices from top ten students will gain hands-on experience in the banking industry and enjoy full employment facilities provided by AYA Bank. NMA will support their education by covering tuition fees, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience. The program spans 2 years, preparing apprentices for the final year of their bachelor's program and equipping them with valuable skills for your future career.
This programme is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the organization and gain valuable experiences.
AYA Bank has taken a significant step towards promoting sustainable transportation by partnering exclusively with Essential EV Authorized Distributor, a leading electric vehicle distributor. On 11th May, 2023, U Minn Wint Oo, Managing Director of AYA Bank, U Nay Lin Htut Chief Credit Officer of AYA Bank, and U Colin Magson, Director of Consumer Banking from AYA Bank proudly attended the signing ceremony which will enable accessible and eco-friendly mobility options for the community.
Key features of this initiative include:
· AYA Green EV Financing: Offering attractive interest rates and flexible repayment options
· AYA Sompo Insurance coverage
· Hassle-free loan processing and quick approval
· Dedicated customer support from our knowledgeable teams and dealers, and
· Collaborative partnerships with dealerships for a seamless buying experience.
At AYA Bank, we firmly believe in the power of green financing to drive positive change and contribute to a sustainable future. Our partnership with Essential EV Authorized Distributor allows us to provide specialized financing solutions tailored specifically for electric vehicles, aligning with our commitment to support environmentally responsible initiatives.
Electric vehicles play a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, and combating climate change. By offering EV financing loans, we aim to make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible to a wider range of customers, accelerating the transition to a greener and cleaner transportation sector.
This collaboration demonstrates AYA Bank’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and innovation. By embracing green financing, we drive positive impact, support the growth of the electric vehicle market, and contribute to the overall well-being of our planet.
‘AML-CFT Awareness 2022 High Level Seminar’ by AYA Bank on Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism
On October 29th, 2022, Compliance Department of AYA Bank in collaboration with the Learning & Developement Department conducted AML-CFT Awareness 2022 High Level Seminar for the Bank's BOD members, Senior Management, HODs and Division Heads via online. Subject matter experts from the Central Bank of Myanmar, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) were invited for high level discussions.
At the opening speech, AYA Bank's Executive Chairperson Daw Khin Saw Oo said,
Next, U Aung Kyaw Than, Director of Monetary Policy Affairs and Financial Institutions Regulation Department, The Central Bank of Myanmar, gave a presentation on the topic of ‘The Role of Bank's Senior Management in AML/CFT Preventive Measures’. He shared knowledge on anti-money laundering and discussed on practices to be complied by the BOD and Senior Management, HOD.
U Zaw Moe, Director of Financial Institutions Supervision (FISD) Department, The Central Bank of Myanmar, discussed on risk management measurements practised by The Central Bank of Myanmar, rating scores obtained for offsite and onsite inspection of AML Risk and mitigation points.
Under the title of Financial Action Task Force-FATF and Myanmar "Challenges and Opportunities", Colonel U Myint Soe from FIU spoke about the current situation in Myanmar, recommended actions to be taken and cooperation required from the banks. In addition, U Thurin Aung, the Deputy Director of BSI, gave a lecture on ‘Preventive Measures’ and ‘Countering the Financing of Proliferation’.
In conclusion, U Than Zaw, the Vice Chairman of AYA Bank, Chairman of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Bank to the experts who gave lectures on the subject for the seminar today, and the seminar was adjourned.
Statement by the Myanmar Banks Association (MBA) regarding Development and Implementation of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT)
The Myanmar Banks Association issued a statement on 13 th October, 2022 regarding the implementation of AML/CFT by member banks and distributed to the member banks. In this statement, MBA announced the formation of the sub-committee on (AML/CFT); participating in the implementation of the national level strategic area to combat money laundering and terrorism financing; conducting (AML/CFT) knowledge sharing sessions; awareness raising regarding the financing of proliferation and the cooperation of member banks, as dedicated by the efforts of MBA.
The full statement can be read in both English and Burmese languages.
AYA Bank has conducted regular sharing sessions on AML/CFT process for senior management and all levels of employees at the bank and established effective implementation continuously.
In addition, following are implemented by the concerned officials.
• Senior management of the Bank and relevant departments understand the of the importance of Anit-Money Laundering Aand Terrorist Financing (AML/CFT) and establish related policies, procedures and proceeding;
• The Bank's Board Risk and Compliance Committee holds monthly meetings and provides necessary guideline and recommendations;
• Focused inspection on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing communications
• Ensure that employees are aware of and follow instructions on combating money laundering and terrorist financing;
• According to the process of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Bank complies and implements under the guidelines of the AML/CFT National Strategic Area (3) Implementation Committee;
• Enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Bank's compliance officers to implement and comply with the instructions set by the Bank in accordance with the rules established by the Central Bank of Myanmar.
To improve understanding of the Bank’s employees on the risks of loss regarding AML/CFT and financing of proliferation, subject experts from the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Special Investigation Department were invited to hold seminars for the awareness raising program and workshops every year.
Board Risk & Compliance Committee Meeting (3/2022)
The Board Risk & Compliance Committee meeting (3/2022) was held on 12th August, 2022 at Pathein Conference Room of AYA Bank Head Office. The Bank's Senior Management, Department Heads, Compliance Officers and Division Heads attended and participated in discussions on conerned sectors.
Financial Crime Seminar 2022
‘The Financial Crime Seminar 2022’ organized by The Association of Banks in Singapore, held on 7-8 July, 2022, was participated by members of AYA Bank's Senior Management; Compliance Officers from concerned departments and Risk Managers through Webex.
In the seminar, the following topics were discussed by subject-specific experts.
• Cryptocurrencies – risks, regulations and practices
• Cryptocurrency investment scams and ransomware attacks
• Establisha defense mechanism against financial crimes by fostering an effective and sustainable culture
• Raising awareness and regulatory expectations in environmental crime
• Building and expanding efficiencies in data analytics
AML/CFT Virtual Workshop 2022
Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance (ERMC) Department explained Compliance Officers' responsibilities at branches, things to do, how to get customer KYC, CDD execution time and information, reporting matters, record keeping and penalties.
AML/CFT Awareness Seminar 2021
An AML/CFT Awareness Seminar 2021 for the employees of AYA Bank, which is held regularly every year, was organized on 6th November, 2021 with a Zoom Seminar. At the seminar, relevant external subject-specific experts gave lectures, BOD members from AYA Bank, members of Senior Management, Compliance Officers and Compliance Members from the head office and branches attended.
Firstly, Daw Khin Saw Oo, Executive Chairman of AYA Bank, Chairman of Myanmar Banks Association and Chairman of the Association of Banks of ASEAN countries, delivered an opening speech and discussed the AML/CFT Framework. Next, Daw Yee Mar Myint, Director of the Central Bank of Myanmar discussed on "AML/CFT Preventive Measure for Banks", U Zaw Moe, Director of the Central Bank of Myanmar discussed on "AML/CFT Awareness Training Course for Banks", U Myint Soe, Deputy Chief of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) discussed "FIU Role and Functions, Current ICRG process & Risk" and U Thurin Aung, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Special Investigation (BSI) discussed on "AML/CFT & Countering the Financing of Proliferation" respectively.
AYA Bank's 4th Board of Directors' Meeting for FY2020-2021 was held today on 14th of May 2021. At the meeting, AYA Bank's Founder and Chairman U Zaw Zaw gave an opening remark by congratulating Daw Khin Saw Oo, Executive Chairman of AYA Bank on her being appointed as Chairman of the Myanmar Banks Association during it's recent Annual General Meeting, on behalf of AYA Bank. Other respective members of the Board discussed and give recommendations according to the agenda and the meeting adjourned at noon.
On 10th August 2020, top ten companies which pay the highest income tax, commercial tax, and special commodity tax for the State in the Assessement year 2018-2019 was awarded a Certificate of Honor and AYA has been recognized as one of the top income taxpayers’ companies in Myanmar. AYA is a member of AYA Fianncial Group and also Myanmar’s leading technology based bank providing financial services with along with AYA Trust (Financial Securities)and AYA SOMPO (Insurance).
It is our honor to announce that AYA Bank has again won the Best Bank for SMEs Award selected by Asismoney for the Year 2020. AYA Bank stand as the most technologically advanced Bank in Myanmar within a short time. It is recognized as the best Bank supporting SMEs businesses due to the fact that it has been providing banking services for the development of SME in various ways.
In cooperaton with international financial supporting organizations, AYA will expand to a variety of SMEs and will do the selection of potential business and provision of loans at its best.
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