Myanmar develops gold trading avenues

Myanmar is making progress in developing legal avenues to export gold. The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) yesterday said it would remove the metal from its restricted exports list and open a service centre near the Peoples’ Square in Yangon to handle the legal trading of gold. An official notification has yet to be issued. Legal […]

Central Bank Drops Exchange Rate Limits

YANGON — The Central Bank of Myanmar announced on Monday that private banks and exchange counters are no longer required to trade within the official exchange rate band in a move meant to help prevent price manipulation and settle recent fluctuations. The announcement does not explicitly say whether the Central Bank was adopting a floating […]

Economist warns of adverse impacts on kyat depreciation

MYANMAR’S government has been urged to rein in the rise of the kyat and ease the impact of a decline in export competitiveness on the country’s manufacturing and agricultural sectors. The economy could be in deep trouble, if the exchange rate continues to appreciate against the US dollar, said U Myint, who served as the […]

Dollar hits record high against depreciating kyat

The dollar to kyat reference exchange rate, which is fixed by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), hit a record high of K1,429 on August 2. At private banks and money changers, the exchange rate was as high as K1,445. On the face of it, the depreciating value of the kyat bodes well for exporters, […]

Property developers come under pressure as dollar rises

Property contractors are under pressure from rising costs of building materials as a result of the higher dollar-to-kyat exchange rate. Building machinery and materials such as steel bars, which are imported from overseas, have become dearer to local developers and contractors on the back of the appreciating dollar, which yesterday hit a new high of […]

Shrouded in secrecy, SOE profits are not financing country’s development

Reallocation of excess savings from Myanmar Gems Enterprise (MGE) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) alone could provide more than K2.8 trillion in available financing for the government’s budget in the fiscal year starting from October, on top of covering expenses of the two state-owned enterprises. The government has lost more than US$2 billion […]

Concern among traders mounts as dollar continues rise against kyat

Local traders who import goods are concerned about the recent spike in the value of US dollar versus the Myanmar kyat. The exchange rate, which recently rose above K1,400, was fixed by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) at K1,399 yesterday. The last time the dollar reached similar levels against the kyat was in 2016. […]

Industry debates tax levels after easing gold trade

Speculation has been rife over the level of duties involved in the import and export of gold since the trade was liberalised last month, allowing gold to move freely in and out of the country via air, sea and border routes. Although the authorities have yet to make any announcements, industry insiders reckon a 15 […]

Can the central bank’s new guard save businesses in Myanmar?

Among the nominees for deputy governor are economist and retired Budget Department of the Ministry of Planning and Finance officer U Soe Thein, incumbent deputy governor U Soe Min and existing member of the board U Bo Bo Nge. Meanwhile, the newcomers to the Board include former deputy director general of the Union Attorney General’s […]

Trade on the rise, more FDI needed: U Ye Min Aung UMFCCI VP

U Ye Min Aung, vice president of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, told the Global New Light of Myanmar his views on Myanmar’s economy in an exclusive interview. Q: Please tell us about the current economic situation in Myanmar? A: At the present period, global economy […]