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More foreign investments now likely in pearl farming industry

The Myanmar Pearl Law has been amended for the second time to allow foreign direct investments (FDI) in the sector, U Min Oo, managing director of the Myanmar Pearl Enterprise, told The Myanmar Times. According to U Min Oo, the pearl production sector is now among the extraction sectors that will be open up to […]

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, […]

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 […]

CBM intervenes in forex market, considers liquidity measures

Despite attempts to inject liquidity into the foreign exchange market and stabilise the dollar-kyat exchange rate by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), the dollar has continued to appreciate against the kyat. On August 14, the CBM set its reference at a high of K1,460 to the dollar. Since May, the dollar has risen by […]

Myanmar promises reforms, aims to develop foreign exchange market

Myanmar will move towards developing a foreign exchange market to enable trading of foreign currencies between local banks and international traders, according to the country’s 2018 Public Finance Management Reform Strategy. The move comes at a time when the country is facing a shortage of foreign currency in the domestic market, which is adding pressure […]

Salary hike for all government employees to start from April

Ministry of Planning and Finance issued a notification dated April 29 which says salaries of all government employees including military personnel will be hiked in accordance with their time pay scale starting from April 30 payday. The notification signed by Union Minister of Planning and Finance Ministry Kyaw Win says, “The benefits under this notification […]

Myanmar targets LNG imports to fuel nation’s power surge

YANGON — Myanmar will begin importing liquefied natural gas as soon as 2020 to feed the country’s growing power demand, aiming to allay concerns among businesses about electricity shortages even as domestic gas output begins to drop. The government gave the go-ahead at the end of January for three power projects that will run on […]

Myanmar to hold pearl auction in Hong Kong to penetrate int’l market

YANGON, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will hold its sixth International Pearl Auction in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region starting Friday, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Thursday. In the three-day pearl auction with the aim of penetrating the international pearl market, Myanmar pearls of high value, produced from Myeik, the country’s […]

Five gem and jewellery emporiums to be held in 2017

Five gem and jewellery emporiums will be held in 2017, up from only one or two events held annually. Three events will sell gem and jewelry lots in foreign currency while two will be conducted using Myanmar currency, it is learnt from Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Emporium Organising Committee. “Normally, only an event is held […]

Kyat appreciates as imports slow ahead of Chinese New Year

As trade and other businesses wind down in the run-up to the Chinese New Year festival, and sentiment about the political transition improves, the kyat has strengthened in value to a three-month high against the US dollar. The value of Myanmar’s currency has fallen more than 25 percent to the dollar over the past year, […]