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Sugar export licences to be suspended on lack of demand

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) last month suspended 103 licenses to re-export sugar due to a lack of demand from China, said U Win Htay, deputy chair of the Myanmar Sugar and Sugarcane Related Products Merchant & Manufacturers Association. Out of 103 companies, 49 companies will have their trading registrations suspended for three months, while […]

Bid to establish Myanmar derivatives market begins

THOUGH Myanmar’s stock market is yet to be very active due to a lag in investor interest, another move is now under way to set up a derivatives market in the nation, according to a workshop held at the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) yesterday. Min Htike Aung, managing director of New World Financial Group, said […]

Unlicensed forex traders hauled in for questioning

Investigations are under way on several “Lay Patkar” traders, or unlicensed speculators dabbling in illegal trading of foreign exchange, a senior official from Yangon Police Force told The Myanmar Times. After the dollar-to-kyat exchange rate hit a high of K1,642 in the local market on September 20, four dollar traders from Shwe Bon Thar Street […]

Kyat rebounds after re-export activities suspended

The spike in the exchange rate between the US dollar and Myanmar kyat appears to have tapered after the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on August 17 temporarily suspended re-exports of sugar and diesel. “We suspended re-exports of sugar and diesel because the cash flows involved are huge enough to influence the exchange rate,” said U […]

Myanmar govt asked to urgently address forex instability

Following the daily fluctuation of Myanmar’s exchange rate over the past three months, economists and business people have urged the government to urgently address the problem of violatility. Economist Maung Aung said the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) must come up with effective measures to rein in the forex market, in order to create a […]

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. […]