Ordinary folk feel the pinch from tumbling kyat

The downward spiral of the kyat against the US dollar has taken its toll on the prices that people have to pay for everyday items like rice, fish, meat, and vegetables. Housewives complain that even the prices of salt, fish paste and other condiments that are staples for ordinary folk have increased. The prices of […]

Unlicensed forex traders hauled in for questioning

Investigations are under way on several “Lay Patkar” traders, or unlicensed speculators dabbling in illegal trading of foreign exchange, a senior official from Yangon Police Force told The Myanmar Times. After the dollar-to-kyat exchange rate hit a high of K1,642 in the local market on September 20, four dollar traders from Shwe Bon Thar Street […]

Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation

While Myanmar’s government has blamed currency manipulation and the trade war between the United States and China for the record depreciation of the kyat against US dollar, business circles are pointing out the Myanmar government’s mismanagement and the Central Bank of Myanmar’s poor performance. The kyat-dollar exchange rate has increased steeply from 1,344 kyats per […]

The Price of Gold Reaches a New Record High

The price of Gold (99% pure gold) in local markets has set a new record high, reaching over K1 million per 1 tical (16.32 gram) on September 19. Meanwhile gold price in global market was at $1,300 per ounce in May and dropped to $1,205 on September 17. But the gold price hike in local […]

Five sectors driving Myanmar’s economic growth in 2018-19

Myanmar’s economy has taken a beating in recent quarters, with a rising number of companies reporting tougher business conditions and a slowdown in market demand. One of the main reasons is the rising foreign exchange rate. Despite a slew of measures taken by the Central Bank, which included pumping millions of dollars from its reserves […]

Representatives call for review of SOE law

Representatives of Parliament have urged lawmakers to review an existing law under which the government must bail out loss-making State-owned enterprises (SOEs) with public funds. A total of 17 out of the 26 Myanmar SOEs under the Union budget are expected to turn a profit in 2018-19, commencing October 1, according to the Ministry of […]

Falling kyat may put pressure on foreign debt

The falling value of the Myanmar kyat versus the US dollar could make repaying external debt harder for the government in the coming fiscal year. In 2018-19, it is expected to repay K877 billion out of the $9 billion Myanmar owes to foreign creditors, according to the budget submitted for the period. That amount may […]

Mysquare : AIM-listed MySQUAR acquires MyPAY Myanmar, raises $2.9m to fund deal

AIM-listed MySQUAR Ltd, a Myanmar-language social media, entertainment and payment platform, has announced the acquisition of mobile payment operator MyPAY Myanmar Ltd, for a consideration of 2 million ($2.6 million), according to its filing on the London Stock Exchange. MySQUAR simultaneously also announced raising 2.2 million ($2.9 million) through a convertible bond issue offering to […]

CBM permits trading of dollar swaps, says local banks reason for kyat drop

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will this week launch a new currency swap facility in efforts to stabilise the value of the Myanmar kyat, U Bo Bo Nge, deputy governor of CBM, told The Myanmar Times on August 19. The move follows a 6 percent deprecation in the value of the Myanmar kyat versus […]

ICBC Center inaugurated in Myanmar’s Yangon

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Yangon branch, the first Chinese commercial bank operating in Myanmar, has inaugurated its new center in Myanmar’s Yangon. At the opening ceremony on Friday, Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang hoped the ICBC Yangon branch to become one of the most powerful and efficient foreign banks in Myanmar and […]