Ponzi Scheme Takes Millions From Rural Myanmar

In the wake of My­anmar’s most wide­spread and finan­cially devastating ‘Ponzi scheme,’ millions of dollars have been lost, thousands of people de­frauded, and a myriad of ministries left pointing fingers. In December 2016, Sax­on Capital Limited (SCL) began selling shares to residents of Pyay, Bago, Mawlamyine, and other townships promising an 80 percent return on […]

Tough Tax Policy, Lack of Capital Access for Myanmar SMEs

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar suffer from arduous tax and monetary policies and lack of access to capital and intellectual property protection. SME owners feel the government needs to address these issues as there are no business category for entrepreneurship and opportunities in emerging fields, such as digital applications and software. Taxes are […]

Central Bank Issues Regulation to Avoid Large Risk Exposure

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has issued a regu­lation in efforts to curb the risks faced by lenders when taking on large ex­posure loans. The Large Exposure Regulation mandates that banks cannot lend be­yond 20 percent of their core capital to any single borrower, thus minimizing the bank’s exposure should the borrower de­fault. “Capping […]

Central Bank takes aim at dollar-denominated deposits

The Central Bank of Myanmar had already published warnings twice and defined the type of punishments in relation to different institutions, said U Win Thaw, director general of the Foreign Exchange Management Department at the Central Bank of Myanmar. The comments were made regarding the illegal use of dollars in local businesses. The central bank […]

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 […]

Central Bank May Liberalise Trade Financing for Foreign Banks

​​ The Central Bank of Myanmar may allow foreign banks to launch trading services if local banks are unable to facilitate trade financing for importers and exporters, Central Bank director general U Win Thaw told the Myanmar Times. “The Central Bank has already allowed local private banks to do trade financing. If they [local private […]

Cards to Adopt EMV to Meet ASEAN Standard

​​ The Central Bank of Myanmar has required local banks to upgrade the card payment technology, as a step toward integrating the payment system with the ASEAN region. Daw Than Than Swe, the director general of the Central Bank, told the Myanmar Times that all the payment cards issued by local banks will have to […]

Digital tech slowly seeping into Myanmar, but still a long way to go

Myanmar is trying to learn the ropes of recent advances in digitization that ease the often frustrating burden of manual, paper-based administrative and business procedures. The country’s first digital customs management system, the Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System, was launched on Nov. 15 at the customs offices near the Port of Yangon, the largest trading […]

Dollar Exchange Rate Climbs, Shakes Up Burma’s Business Community

RANGOON — The US dollar exchange rate—at its highest since the new government came to power in April—has Burma’s business community looking for better trade policy. “In the black market, the exchange rate is currently 1306 kyats [US$1] per dollar; it’s too high for importers. If the import demand increases, it could impact the prices […]

Foreign Exchange Rate Reaches Ks1,285 Per US Dollar, Local Gold Price Rises

The foreign exchange rate has risen up to Ks1,285 per US dollar and the local gold price raised its head at over Ks863,000 per tickle despite the stable world gold’s price on the decline, it is learnt from the foreign currency’s black market and the gold dealers. The foreign exchange rate at the black market […]