Domestic airlines will not raise airfares yet despite rising fuel prices

Despite rising global oil prices, domestic airlines have no plans yet to raise airfares to compensate for higher jet fuel costs. They said this will help encourage domestic air travel while the number of foreign travelers within the country is still low. “We haven’t increased our fares even though fuel costs have risen. We have […]

Local fuel price hikes continue

Local fuel prices have increased by over 21 percent in over four months as dollar and global oil prices increase again, according to local petrol stations. On Wednesday in the local market, maximum prices fixed by Myanmar Fuel Oil Importers and Distributers Association were K1,095 for one liter of diesel (K4,978 per gallon), K1,105 for […]

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 […]

National Planning Law Expects Highest Growth in Telecom, Industrial, Financial Sectors

Amid a slowing economy and complaints from the business community, Myanmar’s parliament has approved a National Planning Law for the 2018-2019 fiscal year which expects to see the highest growth rate in the country’s telecommunications, industrial and financial sectors. On Wednesday, President U Win Myint signed the bill with the approval of the Union Parliament […]

Myanmar notes record high gold price

The price of gold has reached a record high of about 996,500 Kyat per tical on 14 September, thanks to the rising US dollar exchange rate, according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 15 September. According to the markets the global gold price stands at US$1,206 per ounce at present. […]

Yoma Land rebrands housing projects to push sales

Yoma Land last week held an event to promote and sell units at three of its projects: StarCity, Galaxy Towers and Lotus Hill in Pun Hlaing Estate. The projects were branded as special lifestyle residential homes equipped with spacious landed compounds, full services and facilities. This attracted the interest of local and foreign buyers, said […]

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 […]

UMFCCI calls on Myanmar gov’t to stabilize exchange rate

YANGON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) has submitted a plan to the government for stabilizing the rising exchange rate, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. The four-point plan, submitted to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during a recent meeting with […]

State Counsellor urges entrepreneurs to help grow nation’s wealth

Myanmar’s business community has an important role to play in ensuring the country’s political voice is heard on the global stage, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said at the meeting between government officials and business persons and at Myanmar Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. She said the reason Myanmar’s political voice […]

Prioritising essential imports one way to better manage trade deficit: VP

Traders should exercise more discipline when importing items that are non-essential to the Myanmar economy, as this could help prevent the budget deficit from widening beyond necessary, vice president U Myint Swe said during a meeting at the United Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on August 24. At a time when inflation […]