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Shan allows collection of entrance fees at Inle

The Shan State government has allowed local community organisations to collect entrance fees at Inle Lake so they can have funds to conduct conservation work on their own part of the lake. Speaking on Saturday, U Khin Maung Latt, general secretary of Save Inle Lake, said 16 civil society organisations and another six private associations […]

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many

A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink. CIVIL society organisations have demanded the authorities to reconsider the plans to revive the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They argued that a site-wide environment impact assessment […]

PTTEP to start exploring two offshore blocks next year

Myeik—Thailand-based PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd (PTTEP) will start exploration work in the M9 and M11 offshore blocks in the Gulf of Martaban next year. The blocks are located 250 kilometres from Dawei and 270 kilometres from Myeik, respectively. The company held a public meeting to explain the upcoming exploration work on August […]

Civil society condemns crony capitalism

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have unanimously agreed at the Myanmar People’s Forum that a handful of cronies who have close ties with the government are becoming richer thanks to the inflow of foreign investment. The CSOs and attendees to the forum held in the Diamond Jubilee Hall said only cronies got the green light to […]

Mandalay civil society calls for EU treaty halt

A group of 15 civil society organisations (CSOs) based in Mandalay released a statement last week calling for the government to hold off on signing new bilateral investment treaties with the European Union, saying the proposed regulations of the agreement could have a “chilling effect” on policy making. The CSOs specifically raised alarms over the […]