CBM partners with banks and forex companies to sell petty cash

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US dollar notes and Myanmar’s kyats are seen at the foreign currency exchange counter.

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) announced on 6 July that it has been selling foreign currencies for those going abroad as petty cash under a special programme in cooperation with authorized banks and money changers, according to its notification on 14 June.
With a view to facilitating the purchase of foreign currencies in addition to internationally accepted debit cards and credit cards and curbing foreign exchange market manipulation by illegal money changers, those studying abroad, working abroad and travelling abroad for medical treatment are entitled to buy foreign currencies that are equivalent to US$300-US$500 per person at the authorized banks’ foreign currency exchange counters and money changers at the Yangon International Airport starting from 31 May 2023, while those going on a pilgrimage and those leaving for the designated countries to attend the meeting as per the invitations of the foreign governments and institutions are allowed to buy the petty cash from 18 August 2023. Those authorized money changers sell a US dollar with K10 difference to the daily online trading rate of the CBM.
Additionally, CBM also sells foreign currencies under a special programme for those going abroad for other purposes to stabilize the forex market.
CBM joined hands with three domestic banks (KBZ, AYA Bank PCL and UAB) and registered money changers (Eastern Lad Co Ltd and Golden Money Services Co Ltd) for those going abroad to buy foreign currencies in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi as the special scheme.
The authorized dealers (private banks) announced their branches available to buy foreign currencies as petty cash on their websites and Facebook pages, and authorized forex companies also revealed the details on their respective pages. — NN/KK

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