Can the central bank’s new guard save businesses in Myanmar?

Among the nominees for deputy governor are economist and retired Budget Department of the Ministry of Planning and Finance officer U Soe Thein, incumbent deputy governor U Soe Min and existing member of the board U Bo Bo Nge. Meanwhile, the newcomers to the Board include former deputy director general of the Union Attorney General’s […]

Thai-Myanmar council pushes for more ties and investments

Thai businesses are ramping up ties with their Myanmar counterparts in five main areas — agriculture, border trade, energy, industrial development and tourism — to tap into vast investment opportunities in the neighbouring country. Panitarn Pavarolavidya, chairman of Thai-Myanmar Business Council, said the council’s first meeting held in Yangon on Feb 3 focused on the […]

Telecom sector attracts most foreign investment in Myanmar in 2016

Telecom sector topped the foreign investment line-up of Myanmar with 47.07 percent of the total investment flowing into the country in the fiscal year 2016-2017, according to the statistics of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) Tuesday. The telecom sector was followed by industrial sector with 25.5 percent and the rest went to power, hotel and construction […]

Central Bank increases exchange rate to Ks1,330 per US dollar

With an even higher exchange rate for the US dollar in the sheet market, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) increased the rate from Ks1,320 to Ks1,330 per dollar on 13thDecember. The CBM set the exchange rate per dollar at Ks1,308 from 30th November to 2nd December, Ks1,305 on 5thDecember, Ks1,310 on 6th December, Ks1,315 […]

US dollar exchange rate hits the highest at Ks 1,323

The exchange rate stood at its highest point of Ks1,323 per US dollar on 19th November, according to the black market of foreign exchange , after reaching a 14-year record high on 18th November on global market. The dollar price has been on the rise for 10 consecutive days at the local foreign exchange market, […]

High tax rate resulted in low demand in condominium market

With the high tax rate levied on property, the luxury condominium market is cooling, the developers said. According to the new Condominium Law, 20 per cent of the value of a condo worth between Ks 30 and Ks 100 million if the buyers failed to explain how they earn and 30 per cent for a […]

Central Bank manoeuvres rise in kyat value

The value of the Myanmar kyat has risen due to the efforts of the Central Bank of Myanmar, according to Xinhua News Agency. The kyat value rose gradually starting from the beginning of this year following a year of declining value compared to the US dollar, according to local money changers. On 2 April, US$1 […]

Kyat appreciates as imports slow ahead of Chinese New Year

As trade and other businesses wind down in the run-up to the Chinese New Year festival, and sentiment about the political transition improves, the kyat has strengthened in value to a three-month high against the US dollar. The value of Myanmar’s currency has fallen more than 25 percent to the dollar over the past year, […]

Tourism companies still accepting USD

Tourism-related companies say they are still accepting US dollar cash payments as normal, despite a Central Bank decision to revoke foreign currency acceptor and holder licences last week. The Central Bank statement, published on October 13, recalled foreign exchange licences held by all companies except banks and money changers – including airlines, hotels and tour […]

Mandalay firms fight forex their own way

Betting the US dollar will continue to strengthen against the kyat, importers and distributors are raising prices to beat the exchange rate. “We set the price higher, but then offer promotions for our customers to encourage them to continue buying,” said U Hla Phone Kyaw, director of Rainbow Bridge Distribution Company, which imports high-end brands […]