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Some Pointers for Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment

On 24 February 2016, MCRB and PACT MPE (Mekong Partnership for Environment) co-organised a discussion in Yangon of public participation in EIA with the objectives of sharing experience which could be used to guide development of regional guidelines on pub

MCRB Inputs into the Consultation on Rules to Implement the Mining Law

MCRB has made a submission to the Ministry of Mines on the drafting of Rules implementing the Myanmar Mining Law.

MRCB Discusses Responsible Business with Universities in Mandalay

MCRB gave talks on 2nd and 3rd February to Yadanabon University (Mandalay) and Mandalay University students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines including Anthropology, History, Archaeology. Geology, Zoology and Botany.

Vicky Bowman: What’s Important is to Ensure a Level Playing Field

Frontier Myanmar is an English-language weekly magazine which aims to be an unbiased voice in transitional Myanmar and inform and entertain with a weekly review of current affairs and business, offering insights, analysis and understanding.

Sustainability Reporting Can Build a Social Licence to Operate for Myanmar Businesses

Max Myanmar, Aya Bank and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) cohosted a seminar at the Novotel on 20 January attended by around 100 local and international company representatives to share international good practice on sustainability reporting.

MCRB’s Work on ICT and Human Rights in Myanmar is Helping to Shape Global Practice

The research and findings from the pioneering Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) on the Information and Communication Technology sector in Myanmar is being used to help shape approaches at the global level.

MCRB Responds to the Myanmar Government’s Consultation on Internet Gateway Services

MCRB has provided input into the Government consultation on Internet gateway services, (Deadline 31 January) with comments focussed on the privacy aspects of the proposal.

US State Department Reporting Requirements for Responsible Investment in Burma

MCRB has submitted comments recommending that the State Department maintains its requirement on US companies to report on investment in Burma (Myanmar), and has made some suggestions for improvement.

MCRB Welcomes Adoption of the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures and Calls for Effective Implementation and Enforcement

The Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF) has adopted its long-awaited Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures which have been put together with the help of the Asian Development Bank.

Tertiary Education Sector is Essential for Effective Environmental Impact Assessment in Myanmar

Vicky Bowman was invited to speak to a conference on Myanmar Geosciences Futures hosted at Yangon University with the support of the British Council and the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on 20 January.

Fine Line between FOC and Corruption

The recent controversy concerning Htoo Group’s provision of free-of-charge hotel facilities at their Shwe Sann Ein Hotel for training of National League for Democracy MPs-elect provoked a debate in our Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business office.

Business and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Myanmar discussed at the 3rd Myanmar Peoples Forum

On 16 December, Hnin Wut Yee MCRB’s Research and Outreach Manager was resource person at a panel discussion on Ethnic Rights at the 3rd Myanmar People’s Forum (MPF) held at the International Business Center in Yangon.

Caution Needed on the Proposed EU/Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement

Vicky Bowman spoke at the ‘Local Workshop on the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement: Impacts, Opportunities and Challenges’ in Yangon on 17 December.

Ngapali Beach - Paradise Lost?

Ngapali Beach - Paradise Lost?

Ngapali Beach continues to lose one of its greatest assets, despite beach sand being unsuitable for construction and regulations banning its removal. MCRB director Vicky Bowman believes that education is the key to solving the problem.

Land, Human Rights Defenders and Public Participation are Myanmar's Top 3 Business and Human Rights Issues for 2016

The top three Business and Human Rights issues identified for Myanmar in 2016, based on an online poll of Myanmar-connected stakeholders conducted in October/November, are land, human rights defenders, and public participation.

Children’s Rights and Business Principles in Asean

Vicky Bowman spoke to a group of government officials working on human rights, and children’s issues, from the 10 ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Mobilise, Market, Mentor, and Monitor: How to Support Community-Involved Tourism in Myanmar

Myanmar has huge potential for community involved tourism (CIT) projects and a handful have already started. The early lessons from those initiatives are they will not succeed without communities being mobilized and supported over a long period.

Thilawa goes to Geneva

Thilawa goes to Geneva

At the 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Vicky Bowman spoke at a panel discussion convened by the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights on ‘Multi-stakeholder engagement in Thilawa Special Economic Zone’.

Five Wishes for Responsible Business

The Myanmar Times has published an Op-Ed by Vicky Bowman, entitled ‘Five wishes for responsible business’, which sets out ideas for the next government to deepen and strengthen the policy and legal framework for responsible business in Myanmar.

UN FORUM SERIES - Encouraging transparency in Myanmar: Pwint Thit Sa

The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) recently released its second annual report on Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises (TiME), otherwise known as Pwint Thit Sa (which means “new buds opening” in Burmese).

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