Kyat depreciation persists as dollar exchange stands at K3,000 in market

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The office building of the Central Bank of Myanmar (Yangon branch).

Kyat depreciates against the hard currency US dollar at approximately K3,000 on the over-the-counter market although the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) set the reference exchange rate at K2,100, according to local forex traders.
To strengthen the domestic currency in the local forex market, the CBM set the currency trading band at 0.3 per cent for the Kyat to fluctuate between these two specified upper and lower exchange rates for transactions, selling or buying, according to a directive issued by the CBM on 10 August 2022.
Therefore, financial institutions including banks and informal money changes set a dollar value of K2,100 for buying and K2,106 for selling.
Despite the trading band, the dollar transaction was made with a buying price of K2,970 and the selling price of K3,080 in the grey market.
Last August, a dollar value hit an all-time high of over K4,500 in the grey market and consequently, pure gold reached a record high of K3.7 million per tical in history.
Consequently, the CBM sold dollars at its auction market for the sectors in need, to control the soaring dollar.
A total of $443.8 million were sold at an auction rate in 2021 as well.
Last September 2021, a dollar value hit a peak of over K3,000 in the black market, pushing pure gold up to K2.22 million per tical.
Under the guidance of the Central Committee on Ensuring Smooth Flow of Trade and Goods, the Monitoring and Steering Committee on Gold and Currency Market was formed on 17 December 2021 as gold and currency market stability play a crucial role in the trade facilitation.
The objectives of the committee are inspecting and prosecuting market manipulation, checking if there is compliance with payment rules in the domestic market, and proceeding against those unscrupulous traders who intend to interfere with the free and fair operation of the market under the existing laws, by-laws and regulations in line with the official directives, illegal foreign currency holding, illegal trade and taking legal actions against price manipulators. —NN/GNLM

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