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Trade deficit continues to narrow as exports accelerate

The trade deficit for the first four months of the 2018-19 fiscal year, which starts in October and ends in September, has declined with imports increasing at a slower pace compared to the same period of last fiscal year. According to data provided by the Ministry of Commerce, trade volume for the period up to […]

Southeast Asia seeks ways to protect car industry

Several Southeast Asian countries are finding ways to protect their emerging car industries from imports, after eliminating auto duties by the end of last year. Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand have introduced measures either to hinder imports or benefit local production, while Malaysia is looking at possible curbs on foreign car sales. The new trend is […]

Prioritising essential imports one way to better manage trade deficit: VP

Traders should exercise more discipline when importing items that are non-essential to the Myanmar economy, as this could help prevent the budget deficit from widening beyond necessary, vice president U Myint Swe said during a meeting at the United Myanmar Federation Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) on August 24. At a time when inflation […]

Myanmar taps Israeli expertise in agriculture

ISRAELI expertise and technologies in agriculture are supporting Myanmar’s efforts in reforming its vast agriculture sector, while the recently enforced investment protection agreement is expected to boost inward investments for Myanmar in the long run. Following the signing of an agreement for Reciprocal Promotion and Protecting of Investments between the two countries in October 2014, […]

Car import permits down 60pc in 2017-18

Applications for the import of passenger vehicle is down by more than 5,000 so far this fiscal year compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister for Ministry of Commerce. The government has been trying to limit the import of cars to control traffic congestion in the […]

Myanmar records trade deficit of over $2 billion in past seven months

The Commerce Ministry recorded a trade gap of over US$2 billion in the first seven months of the year, falling by over 700 million compared with the same period last year. The export value between April and October 21 this year was $6,210.023 while the import value surpassed $2.06 billion, whereas the country’s import value […]

EU-Myanmar development program to support Myanmar’s return to global trade market

The European Union-Myanmar Trade Development Program was launched on Tuesday to facilitate Myanmar’ s return to the global trade market. The introduction of the three-year technical plan will help both the public and private sectors to seize new trading opportunities and generate sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Myanmar. With a budget of 10.5 million […]

Myanmar’s trade deficit jumps 88%

Myanmar’s trade deficit jumped 88% in the fiscal year that ended on March 31, driven by rapid economic expansion in the formerly military-ruled country, state media and a Commerce Ministry official said today. Myanmar’s economy was held back by mismanagement, corruption and the refusal of Western countries to trade and invest because of human rights […]

Trade deficit to rise but inflation the concern

The trade deficit will reach K4 trillion (US$3.9 billion) by the end of next financial year, says Minister for National Planning and Economic Development U Kan Zaw. Inflation is also pegged to average 6.83 percent in 2015-16 compared year-on-year, though could rise as high as 8.11pc by March 2016, he added. U Kan Zaw revealed […]