An NRGI staff member recently spoke with Austrade about developments in the Myanmar's mining sector. Their conversation focused on Myanmar’s challenges in attracting foreign investment to generate government revenue while ensuring the sector’s environmental and social impacts are properly managed.
Across the world, journalists have been key to uncovering malfeasance in the natural resources sector. Media have exposed illicit activities by international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. They have shed light on Cameroon petroleum contracts that bring few benefits to locals and to national accounts.
Addressing the jade sector’s challenges is an urgent need. It is also highly difficult. At the same time, it is an opportunity for the National League for Democracy-led government to signal a new era of accountability.
Each year, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Gadjah Mada University’s Department for Politics and Government host a residential training course on extractives governance in Indonesia. In 2018, NRGI and partners produced videos covering the course and interviews with course participants.
Yee Mon Oo, a research associate at Myanmar Development Institute and a participant in Advancing Accountable Resource Governance in Asia Pacific, spoke with NRGI about challenges Myanmar state-owned enterprises face and some takeaways from the two-week learning session.
This is an important year for Myanmar. With expectations so high, the new government is under enormous pressure to prove that it can transform the more than 20 trillion kyats (USD 17 billion) budgeted into tangible benefits for the people of Myanmar. This will not be easy, yet significant reforms are already underway to help achieve this objective.