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Traders encouraged to use renminbi, kyat at the border

Traders at the Myanmar-China border were encouraged to use the kyat and renminbi as the main means of commerce and exchange at a financial workshop organised by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), last week. “As Myanmar’s main border […]

Eel traders dealing with security issues

Myanmar’s eel traders continue to send shipments to China despite ongoing safety issues due to clashes between the Tatmadaw and armed ethnic groups in northern Shan State, especially around Kutkai township. Kutkai is located along a major route to China used by eel traders. Last month, the trade was halted for about 15 days after […]

CBM mulls new system of bank payments in Myanmar-China trade

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has said it will allow traders to make payments through banks for conducting trading activities with China. The CBM will allow the payment facility beginning this year, and plans to grant permits to private banks to offer the facility. Under the new service, individual traders will be able to […]

Traders hope for a boost from new gem laws

The new amendments to the law governing the extraction of gemstones in Myanmar are expected to offer relief for the gem industry in Mandalay. Industry insiders interviewed by Myanmar Times said they hope the market in Mandalay will bounce back this year after the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on December 18 amended the tax rates and restrictions […]

Myanmar continues efforts to generate international demand for local gems

The Second Yangon International Gems and Jewelry Fair is set to take place in Yangon’s Lotte Hotel from January 9 to 13, according to the Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association The association is organising the event in the hopes of developing the gems and jewellery trade in the country, penetrating international markets, and developing cooperation […]

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 […]

Traders expect better business on wider trade financing options

Now that the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has allowed a total of seven foreign banks to provide trade financing services in Myanmar, traders are anticipating much better business in the months ahead. Last December, the CBM permitted 13 foreign banks to apply for approval to offer trade financing services in the country. Since then, […]

Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

Rice prices jump in India; Bangladesh eyes import deal with Myanmar

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Rice prices in top exporter India rebounded this week, boosted by steady demand from Bangladesh which has been actively exploring fresh import deals with its neighbors and is looking to wrap up a major purchase from Myanmar. A Bangladeshi government delegation is in Myanmar to finalize a state-to-state deal, government officials said […]

Traders seek to recoup losses on K5 billion in seized rice

About 50 rice traders from Mandalay Region and Katha, Banmauk, Htigyaing and Kawlin townships in Sagaing Region said their partner’s detention for the past two months has hurt their business. Their meeting at the Banmauk rice traders association office on Wednesday was attended by National League for Democracy MPs from Banmauk. U Aung Thein, who […]