Central Bank Plans Level Playing Field for Foreign Payment Firms

​​ CB Bank and KBZ have both partnered with Visa following the Central Bank’s decision to allow foreign payment firms to operate independently in Myanmar. But the Central Bank has clarified that this is a select response to requests from four specific firms, not an official shift in policy. Visa and KBZ issued a joint […]

Finance and Bank Officials Keen to Limit Trade Deficit

​​ Top economic officials have met with the Central Bank to discuss ways to limit imports in a bid to reduce the country’s trade deficit. Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry attended the meeting. The departments discussed ways to promote exports, limit imports, and to increase […]

Gold industry hopes to see central market in 2017

Gold industry figures are hoping this will be the year when plans for a central gold market finally come to fruition, although fundamental decisions about the project have yet to be made. U Kyaw Win, general secretary of Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association, said he hopes to see a Yangon-based central gold market established in 2017. […]

Gold Exchange Market to Open in 2017

RANGOON — The Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association plans to open a gold exchange market in Rangoon this year. The official gold market has been in the works for three years, and various ministries are now assisting in its creation, said U Kyaw Win, general secretary of the association, at its 14th anniversary ceremony in Rangoon […]

Myanmar eyes junta’s old tricks to fight weaker currency

YANGON — Desperate to halt the severe depreciation of its national currency, Myanmar’s democratically elected government may revive drastic measures that were employed by the military junta. The kyat has lost about 20% of its value against the greenback in the past six months due to Myanmar’s growing fiscal and trade deficits stemming from lower […]

Central Bank Exchange Rate Reforms to Start From January Next Year

​​ After years of complaints that its US dollar reference rate fails to reflect market reality, the Central Bank has announced a shift in how it determines the figure. In an effort to narrow the gap between the bank’s rate and that of the wider market, the regulator has announced it will start basing its […]

Visa Hits Out at Central Bank Regulations

​​ Central bank regulations that bar people with domestically- issued Visa cards from making transactions within Myanmar are hindering the company’s expansion plans, according to a senior executive. Arturo Planell, Visa’s Country Manager for Myanmar, said last week that the regulations were one of the reasons electronic payments have failed to make bigger inroads in […]

Asia’s New Tiger Economy Fears Currency Slide

​​ Myanmar’s central bank is braced for a deeper slide in the nation’s currency and has little scope to tackle the decline after the kyat fell the most in Southeast Asia, according to one of the monetary authority’s top officials. The kyat has weakened about 10 percent against the dollar in the past six months, data […]

Dollar Exchange Rate Climbs, Shakes Up Burma’s Business Community

RANGOON — The US dollar exchange rate—at its highest since the new government came to power in April—has Burma’s business community looking for better trade policy. “In the black market, the exchange rate is currently 1306 kyats [US$1] per dollar; it’s too high for importers. If the import demand increases, it could impact the prices […]

Aung San Suu Kyi Woos Tycoons in Naypyidaw Meet-Up

NAYPYIDAW — State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reassured some of Burma’s most prominent tycoons that their place in Burma’s economy and society was secure, so long as they backed government policy, left themselves open to scrutiny, and “worked for others.” She stressed that her intention was not to dwell on the past, expressing […]