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Myanmar’s draft oil and gas bill jeopardises next bidding round

Uncertainty and confusion over Myanmar’s proposed oil and gas law risk alienating existing investors and could undermine the next crucial bidding round, according to companies and experts in the sector. Time is running out for the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to launch the round by the end of the year, having initially planned to […]

EITI applied in forestry sector for the first time

Myanmar’s forestry sector was included in the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) report for the first time this year. Myanmar is the second country to have its forestry sector included in the EITI. Guided by the belief that a country’s natural resources belong to its citizens, the EITI is the global standard for promoting […]

Shining a Light on Shady Business in Myanmar’s Extractive Industries

The global debate on the discloser of beneficial ownership, especially in the extractive industries, is scaling up. More access to information about who really benefits from the revenues is raising accountability and helping in the fight against corruption. Myanmar, an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) candidate country, formed a Beneficial Ownership Taskforce in June to […]

Govt coffers held back by SOEs: EITI

A representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) said Myanmar’s government fails to understand the severity of how the so-called Other Accounts of state enterprises are holding back the country’s development. EITI will be organising a workshop on reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs) engaging in this sector will be held mid-February, according to EITI trilateral […]

New data demystify Myanmar’s jade sector

Myanmar’s gemstone sector is opaque and unaccountable. In 2017, the country scored just 27 of a possible 100 points and ranked 83rd among 89 assessments in the Resource Governance Index. However, new data are helping observers to unpack this sector and inform eventual reform. In March 2018, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) Myanmar office […]

Oil and gas responsible for half of Myanmar’s debt

While being the highest generator of revenue for the country, the oil and gas industry is also responsible for accepting half of the loans taken by the country, said Daw Moe Moe Tun, civil society representative of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) during the release of its report on Myanmar. “The contribution of revenue […]

National Mining Policy Needs Total ‘Rethink,’ Report Finds

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Myanmar needs a new mineral resources policy and fresh laws developed through a transparent and consultative process if the mining sector is ever to be sustainable, the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB) said at the launch of a sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) report on March 8. The fourth SWIA based […]

State Counsellor Encourages Greater Transparency with Resource Sector Investors

State Counsellor H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received representatives from the International Investors for the Mineral Development Association (IIMDA). Measures to improve transparency in the sector were a priority, including enhancing the availability of data and providing public access to resource agreements, the IIMDA said in a statement. International standards such as the Extractive […]

Ban on Burmese Gemstones Lifted, Task Force Visits Myanmar- AGTA

October 24, 2016 – Dallas, TX — Responding to the concerns of its members regarding U.S. sanctions and perceptions of the Myanmar Gem and Jade sectors, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) developed a coalition of the U.S. Jewelry Industry to make a scoping mission to Myanmar. This mission was similar to past AGTA efforts […]

2017 EITI Report Aims for Full Membership

Myanmar submitted its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report at the beginning of January which included reports on the oil and gas, jade, gems and mineral sectors. Hydropower sector will be included in the 2017 EITI Report, according to Myanmar EITI. Myanmar currently stands as a ‘candidate country’ within International EITI and Myanmar’s inclusion […]