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Myanmar needs to accelerate economic reforms to sustain growth: ADB

Presenting an optimistic growth outlook for the current fiscal and the coming years, ADB urges government of Myanmar to continue focusing on economic reforms, particularly in the areas of public finance management, legal and regulatory frameworks and governance and accountability. Pointing out the need for prudent use of scarce resources for infrastructure and skill development […]

The emergence of Suukyinomics

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) administration in Myanmar has been heavily condemned by international policy analysts for its absent economic vision and lack of a tangible policy on minority management. But it seems now there is a plan: Suukyinomics, a brand that began with the announcement on 28–29 January […]

Inflation in Mandalay highest in the country: Ministry

Mandalay Region’s inflation rate, at 11.53 percent, is the highest in the country due to its status as a major trade hub in the country, said U Myat Thu, Regional Minister for Planning and Finance. The region’s inflation rate based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is calculated by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) […]

State Counselor Encourages Japanese Investment in Myanmar

Myanmar’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has invited Japanese investors to seek investment opportunities in Myanmar as she believes that Japan has a deep understanding of the country’s struggle in the Rakhine crisis and peace process. On Monday, in her keynote speech at the Myanmar Investment Conference in Tokyo, Daw Aung San Suu […]

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 […]

Floods take a toll on domestic economy

Commodity prices have spiked with the flooding of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, hitting domestic consumers in the pocketbook. Experts are calling for a coordinated government and private sector response to ensure the spike does not get out of control. U Ko Ko Gyi, a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw from Mandalay Region […]

Real Estate Deemed Safe Haven as Kyat Tumbles

The free-fall of the local currency Kyat in recent months is having an impact on the real estate market as buyers keep putting their money into properties to hedge inflation, realtors say. Kyat has fallen drastically since September last year – when it was trading around K970 for a US dollar – and was hovering […]

Central Bank Bites Down on Dollar Use, But Does it Have Teeth

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has recently issued a notice that requires businesses and government agencies to use Kyat for payments inside Myanmar, even for foreign investors. This move is intended to raise the value of the Kyat by restricting foreign currency use for internal payments, according to a CBM official. The currency has […]

No let-up in illegal bus fare hikes

Fare-gouging is the worst problem in Yangon public transport, the head of the region’s transportation regulatory body said yesterday. Passengers are complaining that they are sometimes charged double the posted fare at night, or in heavy congestion. U Hla Aung, chair of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar […]

K10,000 Notes to Get a Makeover, CBM Move Stokes Inflation Worries

A new series of 10,000 kyat notes will be issued starting July 1, according to an announcement by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM). The new notes have been designed to improve quality, raise security standards, and prevent counterfeiting, according to CBM. A new shade of reflective green will be used for the numeral 10,000, […]