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Parliament passes gemstone bill amid criticism

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial bill governing the gemstone sector, paving the way to restart the licensing of mining companies after a two-year moratorium. Upon taking office in 2016, the National League for Democracy-led administration suspended issuing new or extension of existing gemstone licences pending a governance review intended to clean up the sector. […]

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 […]

Better oil and gas deals needed in the future, say experts

Efforts must be taken to lessen Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise’s (MOGE) tax burden from contracts signed with joint-venture firms to work offshore oil and gas fields, a report states. According to the “State-Owned Economic Enterprise Reform in Myanmar: The Case of Natural Resource Enterprises” report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Renaissance […]

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 […]

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 […]

US sanctions force jade into a corner, say traders

Jade traders say US sanctions have forced them to rely on Chinese investors and buyers, who dodge taxes and operate with little to no transparency. If Washington were to remove sanctions, they say, it would speed up reform in the troubled sector. Since the US banned imports of gems and jade in 2003, China has […]

EITI Research Begins This Month

Myanmar’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) evaluation will begin this month, according to officials. “The research will commence at the beginning of June under the guidance of Myanmar EITI regarding technical matters of the study and detailed research on respective sectors and handling financial statements,” U Win Aung from EITI committee said. According to a […]

Can EITI membership make resource revenues transparent?

It can be easy joining groups: The challenge is in seeing the membership through. Myanmar signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on July 2. The agreement promotes openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources, requiring annual disclosure of taxes and other payments by oil, gas and mining companies to governments. […]

Resource transparency group accepts Myanmar as candidate

Myanmar was approved as an official “Candidate” country with global resource transparency group Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at its board meeting in Mexico on July 2. Joining the international group has been a public goal of the current Myanmar administration, aiming to increase transparency in a notoriously opaque sector. The EITI is now composed […]

Myanmar Accepted for EITI Scheme, But NGOs Remain Concerned

YANGON — The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global anti-corruption scheme, announced on Wednesday that Myanmar has been accepted as a candidate country. The decision means Myanmar has to comply with an international transparency standard for oil, gas and mining earnings in the coming years and marks an important step toward addressing corruption in […]