Burma Environmental Working Group Issues Benchmarks for Investment in Energy, Extractive and Land Sectors in Burma
News - Burma News
Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:06

Today, the Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG) – an alliance of grassroots-based organizations – issues its Benchmarks for Investment in Burma’s Energy, Extractive and Land Sectors to serve as a framework for responsible investment in critical sectors in Burma. The release of the benchmarks comes at a very important time when Western democracies are considering easing or eliminating existing economic sanctions against Burma, and companies and countries are showing renewed interest in investment in Burma despite a high risk investment environment. Adherence to the benchmarks will increase the likelihood that investment in sectors that have been historically linked with human rights and environmental abuses will benefit the people of Burma and does not undermine effective political, social and environmental progress in this emerging South East Asian country.

Press Release in English, in Burmese

Benchmarks Statement in English, in Burmese

Contacts:
For English contact Paul Sein Twa at +66.(0)81.724.7093 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
For Burmese contact Wong Aung  at +66.(0)85.713.3344 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Arakan Oil Watch to launch Revenue Transparency Report / BEWG to launch Benchmarks
News - Burma News
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 16:39

AOW-2012-BurmasResourceCurseYou are invited to the launch of a new report by Arakan Oil Watch titled ‘Burma’s Resource Curse’ the case for revenue transparency in the oil and gas sector at 10 am on March 22, 2012. Read it here! EnglishBurmese

The report highlights the lack of transparency and accountability by successive Burmese governments and continuing military control over the country's natural resources. Arakan Oil Watch suggests alternative models of revenue transparency management from oil and gas rich countries such as Timor Leste, Brazil and Norway, and analyzes key lessons for Burma at this critical time.

The Burma Environment Working Group (BEWG), an alliance of grassroots-based organizations, will also be presenting its “Benchmarks for Responsible Investment in Burma’s Energy, Extractive and Land Sectors”.  Benchmarks have been developed to ensure that growing investment in Burma does not undermine effective political, social and environmental progress in Burma.

Speakers:
Jockai, Arakan Oil Watch
Paul Sein Twa, Burma Environment Working Group
Launch Date: March 22, 2012
Place: Laeelawadee Room ( IC ), Chiang Mai
Contact email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: +66 (0)82 184 1335
 
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