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’.
She talked about the genesis of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group as a mechanism to improve the sharing of information and promote the resolution of grievances, and about how the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles were relevant to the challenges of resettlement and building a Special Economic Zone (see Background Note).
Also on the panel were Aye Khaing Win, Thilawa Social Development Group and displaced community member, Dr Than Aung, Secretary, Thilawa SEZ Management Committee and Mr Takashi Yanai, President and Chief Executive Officer, Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development Limited. The other example covered in the panel was multistakeholder efforts towards a living wage for 50,000 tea workers in Malawi.