Central Bank Turns to Interbank Transaction Rate

​​ The Central Bank of Myanmar will no longer fix the reference rates for currency exchange, said its vice-governor Set Aung. “Currently, the fixing of the reference exchange rate is based on the auction system. The reason is that currency exchange rates between the government and the private exchange counters differ. The central bank is […]

A company of my own’: the rise of Myanmar’s tech pioneers

“It’s always been my ultimate goal to have a company of my own,” says Htun Khaing Lynn, or Zack, as he prefers to be called. Last September the 22-year-old engineering graduate from Myanmar’s eastern Shan state co-founded online truck-pooling service Kargo, which connects individuals and businesses who need to move goods around congested Yangon. Cars […]

Myanmar has 3 Years of Strong Growth Ahead, Says World Bank

​​ Myanmar’s economy will recover from a 2016 slump to expand at over 7 percent for next three years, according to a new World Bank review. But the path is still replete with risks, and many of the imbalances that plague the economy are getting worse. Like the IMF, which lowered its estimate in October, […]

Central Bank Exchange Rate Reforms to Start From January Next Year

​​ After years of complaints that its US dollar reference rate fails to reflect market reality, the Central Bank has announced a shift in how it determines the figure. In an effort to narrow the gap between the bank’s rate and that of the wider market, the regulator has announced it will start basing its […]

New Investment Law Hailed as ‘Essential’ to Development

Business leaders have welcomed the approval of a new investment law that they hope will cut red tape and bring an end to concerns that foreign and local businesses are being treated differently. The Upper House approved the Myanmar Investment Law without amendments last week, and the legislation is due to come into effect in […]

The Key to Jumpstarting Myanmar’s Economy: Electricity

It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the […]

Yangon’s mega traffic jams

The biggest problem in Yangon today is the mega traffic jams the whole commercial city is facing almost every day. Except on the Myanmar New Year Day (on which only the famous pagodas are crowded with a very large number of Buddhist pilgrims) and one or two days afterwards, Yangon streets have become driver-friendly and […]

Golden Glory plans IPO to fund Myanmar projects

YANGON • Golden Glory Group, a developer of Myanmar real estate, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in Singapore this year as the opening of the market spurs property demand in South-east Asia’s fastest-growing economy. The Singapore-based company is targeting an US$80 million to US$100 million (S$110 million to S$138 million) initial share sale, […]

Myanmar admits more foreign banks ahead of NLD accession

BANGKOK — Myanmar has given preliminary operating licenses to four more foreign banks, following the government’s decision in late 2014 to grant licenses to an initial nine foreign banks. The move — just before a new administration led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over on April 1 — highlights a rush by the incumbent […]

Rubber industry to be stamped with new law

A new law is being drafted to promote Myanmar’s rubber sector, as the commodity’s international value plummets and a number of plantations across the country are forced out of business. The law is being drawn up under Myanmar’s National Export Strategy, said U Khine Myint, secretary of the Myanmar Rubber Planting and Producing Association (MRPPA). […]