MoU for Kyaukphyu SEZ to be Finalized in September

Ministry of Commerce is trying to finalize the MoU for Kyaukphu SEZ in Rakhine state in September of this year and will implement the zone sector by sector. Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone Management Committee is in talk with China’s CITIC on the first stage framework agreement and the two parties have reached profit sharing ratio-CITIC […]

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 develops gold trading avenues

Myanmar is making progress in developing legal avenues to export gold. The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) yesterday said it would remove the metal from its restricted exports list and open a service centre near the Peoples’ Square in Yangon to handle the legal trading of gold. An official notification has yet to be issued. Legal […]

Dollar hits record high against depreciating kyat

The dollar to kyat reference exchange rate, which is fixed by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), hit a record high of K1,429 on August 2. At private banks and money changers, the exchange rate was as high as K1,445. On the face of it, the depreciating value of the kyat bodes well for exporters, […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

More Low Cost and Affordable Housing Units to be Added

The Urban and Housing Development Department, under the Ministry of Commerce, will finish some of its housing projects by March next year. This program will add up to 2,500 low cost and affordable housing units to the market. The Urban and Housing Development Department has been building, and developing low cost housing by means of […]

Textiles a key focus of trade push between Myanmar and Taiwan

SEEKING to build on the rapid growth in trade between Taiwan and Myanmar, industry bodies from the two sides have signed two memorandums of understanding at a Taiwan-Myanmar Industrial Collaboration Summit. Myo Thet, vice president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), said the agreements would help boost bilateral economic ties, […]

Border zone with China to go ahead

An approval regarding the location of the proposed China-Myanmar border economic zone will be given “soon”, assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin from the Ministry of Commerce told The Myanmar Times. The discussions were carried out last week by the implementation body with priority made between Kachin and Shan states as they share the border […]

Retailers flag need to regulate e-commerce industry

The Myanmar Retailers Association last week submitted a request to regulate the e-commerce industry to Vice President U Myint Swe and the government’s Private Sector Development Committee during a meeting between the latter and local businesses. Retailers say that while a rising number of consumers are now purchasing goods from individuals and businesses online, many […]

CMP garment’s export earnings up $ 382 m

Garment sector earned US$ 759.172 million from exports of CMP garment, up US$ 382 million from the same period last year, according to the Commerce Ministry. Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary of the Commerce Ministry said: “Last year, export earnings from the CMP garment sector reached US$ 377.031 million.” The Commerce Ministry has prioritized […]