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‘Tone from the top’ crucial in anti-corruption: DICA

There is a lack of awareness about the transparency and corporate governance aspects of the new Companies Law, according to a senior government official, who argued for the importance of tone from the top in combating corruption. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of the Chamber of Commerce […]

Protests and demonstrations a key concern for extractive companies

Protests and demonstrations pose a serious security threat to the oil and gas industry as well as mining sector in Myanmar, a recent poll among industry players showed. Yangon-based Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) organised workshops aiming to raise awareness of the relevance of Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) for Myanmar’s […]

DICA’s anti-corruption rules not clear on donations or political contributions

In their latest drive to tackle corruption, the government released a code of ethics prohibiting businesses from bribing officials, but it remains unclear what a company and charities and individuals associated can and cannot do. A non-profit organisation urged Nay Pyi Taw to consult experts and require companies to set up a code of conduct […]

Experts object to firms’ plans to mine sand in Tanintharyi Region

A local company plans to extract 5 million cubic metres of sand over five years in sensitive coastal areas in Tanintharyi Region without legally-required environmental assessments. Experts warn that the proposed sand mining will be highly damaging to a nearby pearl farm, biodiversity and fisheries and livelihoods of local communities. The issue highlights some of […]

Myanmar better off in good graces with the West

Two developments stood out in Myanmar’s international relations landscape in 2017: The increasing Chinese influence in the country and the immense diplomatic pressure from international community on the government’s handling of the Rakhine crisis. Analysts cautioned Myanmar against overdependence on China for its development and urged the country to mend ties with the West to […]

Transparency, Ongoing Disclosure Crucial for Stakeholder and Investor Confidence

Transparency and disclosure practices are crucial for businesses seeking to build trust with stakeholders, attract investors and ensure accurate media reporting, experts in a corporate governance forum have said. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar (SECM) organised a forum at the Yangon […]

Business Chiefs Hail ‘Final Frontier’

​​ ​​ Will Myanmar be able to cope with the fast-paced dynamic landscape of the world’s economic climate as it records the fastest GDP growth in Asia? Is the government doing enough? Is Myanmar equipped to handle the torrent of foreign interests waiting to pour into Myanmar? These were some of the questions business leaders […]

Promising Future to Improve Australia’s Interest in Myanmar: Chamber

​​ Although Australia’s investment in Myanmar is less than US$130 million, the country has many rooms for improvement to receive the influx of Australian investors thanks to its promising future, said Jodi Weedon, chief executive of Australian-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce Weedon said in a recent interview that Myanmar’s recent political and economic reforms led the […]

Myanmar’s New Economic Zone Attracts Foreign Interest But Local Ire

YANGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Looking north from Myint Win’s farm, across rice paddies and past bamboo huts, a massive new industrial development on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city gleams in the distance. The buildings sprang up during the first phase of developing the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a 6,200 acre (2,500-hectare) industrial […]

More transparency needed from local business: MCRB

A select few Myanmar firms display a higher level of transparency than most of their ASEAN peers, but many large companies continue to show little interest in disclosure – even when legally required – according to a recent report from the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB). There is huge variation in the approach Myanmar’s […]