Cross-border trade slows due to renminbi fluctuations

Fluctuations in the value of the renminbi are having an adverse effect on China-Myanmar cross-border trade traders in Muse have told The Myanmar Times. China’s renminbi is the currency of choice for trade in the border region and a 10 percent drop in value is enough to cause businesses to lose money on deals, say […]

Local fuel price hikes continue

Local fuel prices have increased by over 21 percent in over four months as dollar and global oil prices increase again, according to local petrol stations. On Wednesday in the local market, maximum prices fixed by Myanmar Fuel Oil Importers and Distributers Association were K1,095 for one liter of diesel (K4,978 per gallon), K1,105 for […]

Ordinary folk feel the pinch from tumbling kyat

The downward spiral of the kyat against the US dollar has taken its toll on the prices that people have to pay for everyday items like rice, fish, meat, and vegetables. Housewives complain that even the prices of salt, fish paste and other condiments that are staples for ordinary folk have increased. The prices of […]

Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation

While Myanmar’s government has blamed currency manipulation and the trade war between the United States and China for the record depreciation of the kyat against US dollar, business circles are pointing out the Myanmar government’s mismanagement and the Central Bank of Myanmar’s poor performance. The kyat-dollar exchange rate has increased steeply from 1,344 kyats per […]

Greenback appreciation costs textile industry

Due to the greenback appreciation, local textile industry is making losses, according to Myanmar Textile Entrepreneurs Association. The value of a US dollar has increased from Ks1,500 in early September to Ks1,650 on September 20. Yin Yin Moe, Secretary of Myanmar Textile Entrepreneurs Association said: “The greenback appreciation has impacts on local garment industries as […]

Myanmar notes record high gold price

The price of gold has reached a record high of about 996,500 Kyat per tical on 14 September, thanks to the rising US dollar exchange rate, according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 15 September. According to the markets the global gold price stands at US$1,206 per ounce at present. […]

Falling kyat may put pressure on foreign debt

The falling value of the Myanmar kyat versus the US dollar could make repaying external debt harder for the government in the coming fiscal year. In 2018-19, it is expected to repay K877 billion out of the $9 billion Myanmar owes to foreign creditors, according to the budget submitted for the period. That amount may […]

UMFCCI suggests four points for the country’s economy

Zaw Min Win, President of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) submitted the four-point suggestion to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. On August 27, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi held a talk with local entrepreneurs at Nay Pyi Taw. The four points are: export promotion, […]

Kyat rebounds after re-export activities suspended

The spike in the exchange rate between the US dollar and Myanmar kyat appears to have tapered after the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on August 17 temporarily suspended re-exports of sugar and diesel. “We suspended re-exports of sugar and diesel because the cash flows involved are huge enough to influence the exchange rate,” said U […]

Operators unfazed as Myanmar slows

YOUNG entrepreneurs in Myanmar remain upbeat on the country’s economic outlook despite weakening of the kyat, high inflation and delay to reform. “It is not good if you look at the exchange rate. The kyat is retreating against the US dollar and Thai baht, We are in a unstable period,” May Mon Thu, managing director […]