Central Bank Official Urges Import Restrictions to Combat Weakening Kyat

With the kyat near record highs against the US dollar the business community is demanding that the Central Bank and the government take action to stem the slide and protect the currency from future volatility. U Win Thaw, director general of the Central Bank’s Foreign Exchange Management Department, spoke to The Myanmar Times about the factors he […]

CBM to monitor Myanmar investment overseas

The Central Bank is hoping the new government will support a law that requires all residents with overseas bank accounts to submit regular reports to the monetary authority, which would allow it to collect better data on capital flows, offshore holdings and Myanmar investment overseas. Under the Foreign Exchange Management Law, residents and companies are […]

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, […]

Government restricts forex to banks

Exporters and importers must use banks for foreign currency transactions, according to new government regulations. The new rules would be another step toward a functioning interbank currency market, but bankers are doubtful they can be immediately enforced. The government amended its 2012 Foreign Exchange Management Law last week to prevent exporters from selling foreign currency. […]

Central Bank of Myanmar prepares action plan to stop dollar payments

While the kyat predominates in most domestic transactions, foreign currencies are still widely used. Many tourism businesses targeting foreigners deal in foreign currency, while importers and exporters make extensive use of dollars, and international companies often prefer their own currencies. Letter 904/2015 from the Central Bank of Myanmar’s Foreign Exchange department posted to its website […]