Struggling Myanmar stock market gears up for more listings

YANGON — More than two years after it began trading, the Yangon Stock Exchange is still struggling to escape the trap of few listed companies, few investors and low share prices. The Myanmar Stock Price Index, or Myanpix, closed at 437.36 on June 4 — down 56% from the baseline of 1,000 on March 25, […]

Border trade increases by $196 million

Between 1 April and 25 May in this fiscal year, the value of border trade reached US$ 1.165 billion, recording an increase of $196 million compared to the same period in the last FY, state media reported quoting figures recently released by the Commerce Ministry. The total value of border trade, as of 25 May […]

Myanmar risks falling into a China debt trap

To understand China’s top priority in Myanmar, forget Beijing’s involvement in the country’s sputtering peace process, or efforts to restart its backed but now suspended US$3.9 billion Myitsone hydroelectric dam, or even securing rights to extract copper at the locally resisted Letpadaung mine outside of Mandalay. Those are all subordinate interests to what China really […]

Great Hor Kham expands into hydropower, prepares for YSX listing

U Sai Ohn Myint, chair of the board of directors of Great Hor Kham Public Company, which will list on the Yangon Stock Exchange this year, isn’t too worried about trading volumes on the local bourse, which have all but collapsed since opening for business in early 2016. “I think investors will be able to […]

Ministries join forces to legalise casinos

Several ministries are in the process of repealing the 1986 Gambling Law that forbids the operation of casinos in the country in the hope that legalising gambling will spur tourism and boost revenue, but some people are lukewarm about the move. The ministries of Hotel and Tourism, Planning and Finance, and Home Affairs are spearheading […]

Cost of petrol up on the back of rising oil prices

Local petrol prices have spiked between K35 and K40 per liter in the past two months, boosted by a rise in global crude oil prices. On November 15, local petrol prices reached a high of K815 per liter of 95Ron and K775 per liter of 92Ron. Meanwhile, prices hit K785 per liter of 10ppm diesel […]

External trade rises year-to-date, but border trade stalls

Trade between Myanmar and its international counterparts hit $16.9 billion between April 1 and October 13 in the current fiscal year, government data revealed. That’s an increase of $2.9 billion over the same period in the previous fiscal year. The rise in external trade came despite a substantial drop in business at many of Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar diesel imports rise as rice exports improve

Myanmar’s trade deficit has widened on the back of fluctuations in commodity prices, illegal trade and a weaker currency. In 2016-17, the trade deficit amounted to over US$5.5 billion, up from US$5.4 billion in 2015-16 and US$4.9 billion in 2014-15, according to the statistics released by the Central Statistical Organisation. Among the country’s imports is […]

China Yunnan courting Myanmar with investment and BRI

Myanmar’s economy is inextricably linked to neighbouring China. The country exports more than half its agriculture produce across the border, making China one of its largest trade partners. Meanwhile, China is also the largest investor in Myanmar, with total approved investments totaling US$19.1 billion as at August 31. As a whole, foreign direct investments from […]