Kyat weakening in local forex market despite CBM dollar selling

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Central Bank of Myanmar in Yangon.

Kyat is depreciating against the US dollar at K1,660 in the local forex market although the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) sold dollars to control the value of the currency.
In the first week of July, the CBM sold 6 million dollars at an auction rate. To govern the market volatility, it also sold 12 million dollars in June.
The bullish hard currency gained in the local forex market, reaching the peak of K1,730 on 12 May from K1,330 in January-end. In a bid to control the sharp daily gains of the US dollar in the local market, the CBM reportedly sold $24 million in May. Consequently, the exchange rate slightly fell to K1,580 in May. Nevertheless, it touches a high of above K1,650 for now.
The CBM trades the foreign currency with the authorized private banks under the rules and regulations of the FX auction market.
The local forex market’s data showed that the dollar exchange rate touched the maximum of K1,345 and the minimum of K1,327 in January 2021. The rate moved in the range of K1,335-1,465 in February. It reached the lowest of K1,420 and the highest of K1,550 in March. The rate fluctuated between K1,550 and K1,610 in April. The rate fluctuated between K1,585 and K1,730 in May and it moved to the maximum of K1,595-1,620 last month.
In 2020, the exchange rate moved in the range of K1,465-1,493 in January, K1,436-1,465 in February, K1,320-1,445 in March, K1,395-1,440 in April, K1,406-1,426 in May, K1,385-1,412 in June, K1,367-1,410 in July, K1,335-1,390 in August, K1,310-1,355 in September, K1,282-1,315 in October, K1,303-1,330 in November and K1,324-1,403 in December.
In 2019, the rates are pegged at K1,508-1,517 in July, K1,510-1,526 in August, K1,527-1,565 in September, K1,528-1,537 in October, K1,510-1,524 in November and K1,485-1,513 in December.
On 20 September 2018, the dollar exchange rate hit an all-time high of K1,650 in the local currency market. — NN/GNLM

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