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MCRB joins Coalition for Telecom Law Reform on Advocacy Trip to Naypyidaw

On 22 June, Wai Phyo Myint, MCRB’s Regional Outreach Manager and another 10 organisations representing the 22 organisations in the Coalition for Telecoms Law Reform and the Abolition of Article 66(d) visited Naypyidaw.

MCRB Hosts a Roundtable Between Myanmar Civil Society Organisations and the Caux Roundtable Japan

On 23 June, MCRB hosted a discussion between the Caux Roundtable Japan and trade union and labour rights activists, organisations working on other business and human rights issues, at the Rose Garden Hotel, Yangon.

‘There is a Growing Regulatory Trend in Myanmar Towards Greater Corporate Disclosure’

Vicky Bowman, MCRB Director gave a presentation at an event on 21 June hosted at the Yangon Stock Exchange and by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Myanmar and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Consultation Held on the Discrimination and Business in Myanmar Briefing Paper

On 9th June 2017, MCRB held a consultation in Yangon to receive feedback and engage in discussion on the draft Discrimination and Business in Myanmar Briefing paper.

Representatives of over 30 Myanmar Community Tourism Initiatives Update Progress and Share Experiences at 2nd National Conference

MCRB, Myanmar Responsible Tourism Initiative (MRTI) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) cohosted a second Communities and Tourism Conference in Naypyidaw on 13/14 June.

Publication of Conference Paper on Gender and Hydropower

Hnin Wut Yee from MCRB participated in an international conference held at Chulalongkorn University on 12 November 2016 to share the findings of the research related to water governance supported by the WLE Salween, Mekong and Red fellowship programs.

MCRB and Fauna and Flora International co-host a week of Tanintharyi Tourism workshops

MCRB and FFI held a week of multi-stakeholder workshops on sustainable tourism in Tanintharyi with a two day discussion focussed on Myeik District at the J&J Hotel on 15/16 May attended by around 60 local people involved in the tourism industry.

Time for an Action Plan for a Trash-Free Ngapali

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI), co-hosted a second multistakeholder workshop on sustainable tourism in Ngapali from 8-9 May 2017.

MCRB/DICA Workshop Series on Responsible Business

The Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA)’s Yangon office hosted MCRB for a series of training workshops to DICA staff between 6 – 22 March. The workshops focused on DICA’s role in promoting responsible business in Myanmar.

Developing Sustainable Tourism in the Myeik Archipelago and Tanintharyi Region

Vicky Bowman delivered a presentation on sustainable tourism and Tanintharyi at the 6th Working Group for Development Partners on Tourism at Sedona Hotel, Yangon on 24 March 2017.

Several Foreign Investors in Myanmar Score Highly in a New Global Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

A new Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) published in London on 14 March 2017 features several investors in Myanmar amongst its top-ranked companies.

Lack of Consultation on the Citizens Privacy and Security Law is a Missed Opportunity

MCRB has joined eight civil society organisations in a statement expressing dismay that the recently adopted Citizens Privacy and Security Law is inconsistent with international human rights norms and definitions.

Irrawaddy Green Towers Receives the First ‘Mini Pwint Thit Sa’ Benchmark Score

Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT) became the first company to volunteer to be benchmarked under MCRB’s ‘Mini Pwint Thit Sa’ initiative.

Consultation Workshop on Telecoms Universal Service Strategy Highlights Need for Telecom User Input

Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD), with the assistance of the international consulting firm, Intelecon, is developing a Universal Service Strategy (USS), framework for Universal Service Funding mechanism and pilot projects.

NGOs Submit Comments on the Third Tranche Draft Myanmar Investment Rules

MCRB together with EarthRights International, Oxfam International, and WWF, has submitted written comments on the ‘third tranche’ of the Draft Rules for the Myanmar Investment Law.

MCRB Joins Civil Society Groups for Bangkok Conference on Fast-tracking the UN Convention Against Corruption

MCRB’s Programme and Communication Officer Phyu Phyu Zin participated in the regional conference on “Fast-tracking Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) for Economic and Social Development in Southeast Asia”.

NGOs Submit Further Comments on the Draft Myanmar Investment Rules

MCRB together with EarthRights International, Oxfam International, and the International Commission of Jurists, has submitted written comments on the ‘second tranche’ of the Draft Rules for the Myanmar Investment Law.

MCRB Briefs Rakhine Advisory Commission on Prospects for Responsible Investment in Rakhine State

Members of the Rakhine Advisory Commission invited MCRB and other non-governmental and civil society organisations to brief them on economic opportunities and challenges in Rakhine State on 16 January prior to their visit to Kyaukphyu.

Myanmar Stakeholders Call for Consultation on Draft Privacy and Security Law

On 14/15 December, MCRB co-organised Myanmar’s first Digital Rights Forum together with Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO), and Engage Media with the support of The Embassy of Sweden.

Resettlement is Easier with a Consistent and Transparent Set of Rules

MCRB and the Thilawa SEZ Management Committee and JICA Expert Team held a seminar for the Yangon Regional Government staff on ‘Good Practice Approaches to Land Acquisition and Resettlement Peri-Urban and Urban Environments’.

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