Dollar exchange rate in Myanmar hits two-year low

The exchange rate in Myanmar has reached its lowest level this year, with the kyat now trading for less than K1280 per US dollar in the local market. On October 9, the Central Bank’s reference exchange rate was K1279.50 to the dollar. The dollar has been weakening against the Myanmar kyat due to a fall […]

Stronger kyat threatens exports, but presents import opportunities

Myanmar’s exports have come under pressure as a result of the weakening US dollar, which has made key exports such as rice more expensive in overseas markets, said U Soe Tun, a committee member of the Myanmar Rice Federation. While the weaker exchange rate has made prices more attractive to local farmers, falling demand from […]

Myanmar Garment Factories Report 75% Fall in Orders Amid COVID-19

Yangon — Garment manufacturers in Myanmar are struggling as the European Union’s orders for spring clothing have declined by more than half, U Kyaw Win, vice chairman of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), told The Irrawaddy. August is when manufacturers normally start producing spring clothing for Europe but they have barely received any orders, […]

Expect kyat to depreciate over the next two years: Fitch

The Myanmar kyat could weaken in the coming quarters as a result of renewed trade tensions between the US and China and resistance against pressure to slash interest rates by the Federal Reserve. According to forecasts released by Fitch Solutions Macro Research this month, the kyat is expected to weaken to K1600 per US dollar […]

Inflation higher than expected in first half of 2018-19

Inflation in the first six months of the current fiscal year of 2018-19 exceeded the government’s forecast by 2.7 percent, U Maung Maung Win, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, said at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting held yesterday. Inflation averaged 7.3 percent during the six month period ending in March compared to […]

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 […]

Tour operators barely surviving due to “incredibly shaky” demand

Small tour operators are on the verge of collapse as market demand in the tourism sector took a hit among Western visitors, as bookings for the impending peak season are “incredibly shaky”, according to a local company. In addition, hopes on wooing Asian investors were dashed by the now-abandoned “$1,000 in cash per tourist” entry […]

UMFCCI suggests four points for the country’s economy

Zaw Min Win, President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) submitted the four-point suggestion to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. On August 27, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held a talk with local entrepreneurs at Nay Pyi Taw. The four points are: export promotion, […]

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 […]

Kyat stabilises after CBM pumps US$4 million into economy

The dollar tapered against the kyat on August 16 after the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) sold a record US$4 million to local private banks. That helped ground the exchange rate, which is up by around 10 percent since May. To place a floor under the depreciating kyat, the CBM has sold US$100,000 per day […]