EU, Myanmar agree to cooperate in business, tourism and mining



NAY PYI TAW—The European Union and Myanmar have signed a packet of agreements to cooperate in business, tourism and mining sectors.

“We’ve come here to help Myanmar improve the living standards of its people,” Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU said, following a meeting held in the Myanmar capital on Friday.

The two sides of the EU-Myanmar Taskforce released a joint statement saying that they will work together on small- and medium-sized enterprises, tourism and mining businesses.

Between 2014 and 2020, Myanmar will become an Asian nation that largely benefits from cooperation with the EU, the release said. The EU has also planned to provide between €75-90 million (Ks 98.55-118.27 billion) in annual aid for development work in Myanmar.

The accords signed at the EU-Myanmar Taskforce meeting included agreements to hold policy-related discussions on small- and medium-sized enterprises, and raw materials; cooperation on long-term development of the tourism industry; a joint statement on the EU’s provision of aid for development; cooperation between European investment banks and Myanmar; and cooperation in agriculture.

Buddhist monks from Monywa reinforced the main copper mining protest camp-video

“There are now more than 400 monks and 200 laypersons at the main site,” he said. “The number of security staff has been increased to about 1,000.”The authorities announced on Tuesday evening that those who have been inhabiting six camps in the vicinity of the Letpadaung mountain range copper mine since Nov. 17 must abandon the site by midnight or face legal action.
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Burma_Kachin:The local people will demonstrate from World largest Tiger Reserve.

Thursday, 23 August 2012 11:35
The local people from the world largest tiger reserve in Hugawng, Tanai town ship, Kachin State, Burma, they are arriving to Yangon for demonstrating. This demonstrating is to get back their land 2 millions are-ca which were confiscated by Yuzana company. The company own by the MP U Htay Myint.The over 20 land owners from Sha Htu Zup, Awng Ra, Ban Kawt, Lajaba, Sanpya, Warazup. If the government doesn’t solve their land issue, they are preparing for demonstration at the in-front of Company, Ba Han town ship.

Gold mining at Hugawng Tiger Reserve by Yuzana company.

“We will do press conference at 1 PM in the City Star hotel and tomorrow will be asking authority to get permit for demonstrating. If the company doesn’t consult anything on it, we demonstrate at the in-front of Yuzana Company” Daw Bawk Ja said to Irrawaddy; who is helping to farmer group and NDF party member.
The company has confiscated the land for sugar cane, tapioca plantation as boi fule sine 2006. Local people said that the company started large scale gold mining in February 2012.
The local people have sued to company at Kachin State court since 2008 to 2012 but it doesn’t work. So they have to come to Yangon to know public.
“Our land was grabbed by company, nobody know that case. So we don’t have any work for survive and have face difficulty for surviving and child education. If we did demonstration at our place, nobody would know and we would be oppressed by authority” said by Laja Ba whose 10 are-ca land was confiscated.
Company is doing large scale mining at the  Large scale of gold mining by Yuzana company and village track officer in World the biggest tiger reserve  in Hugawng valley.The gold mining area has confiscated farmland a long Mogawng river from local people by Yuzana company.
The reason for gold mining is constructed middle school in Sanpya village for local people under development project. But local people did not have benefit from the gold mining. School in Sanpya village is still lack of education for children and they have no equipments and materials.  Village track officer U Bahkyam Naw Di and Yuzana company give access to extracted gold mining.  Yuzana company and village track officer collect tax,  for one mining (500,000/-) five hundred thousand kyat and (300,000/-) three hundred thousand per month for gold bucket machine by boat in water.The gold mining under development project causes social problems are land confiscation, 90% of people using drug, sex industry. Large scale of environmental destructed by gold mining in the tiger reserve.
People in Yuzana company area and gold mining in Tiger reserve have no rule of law and like as no administrated rule. People have challenged dangerous for their livelihood.
Local authority always said that this is development for local people. Gold mining have extended more and more till today. But Local people are more and more suffering under development project.

Obama Administration declares Burma open to U.S. mining investment

U.S. mining and exploration companies can now officially join their Australian, Canadian, Chinese, European, French, Thai and Korean counterparts in the rush to develop Burma’s mineral riches.

The Obama Administration Thursday announced that it will suspend sanctions against Burma (Myanmar), including restrictions on U.S. investment in the country’s mining industry.

During joint remarks Thursday with Burma’s Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “First, let me say that our presumption is that our companies will be able to deal in every sector of the economy with any business. …The presumption is that our oil and gas companies, our mining companies, our financial services companies are all now free to look for investments that can be mutually benefits to Burma and them.”

However, the policy change also include safeguards that will prevent U.S. companies from doing business with individuals who have engaged in human rights abuses and with companies with ties to Burma’s military. The country’s gem mining is believed to be tied to or directly benefitting the powerful Burmese military.

“We will keep our eyes wide open to try to ensure that anyone who abuses human rights or obstructs reforms or engaged in corruption do not benefit financially from increased trade and investment with the United States,” Clinton stressed, “including companies owned or operated by the military.”

A senior administration official said U.S. officials will determine what requirements will be placed on American companies going into Burma and how strictly they will be bound by those rules.

The White House also nominated Derek Mitchell, who serves as the U.S. special enjoy to Burma, to be the first American ambassador to Burma in 22 years. Continue reading “Obama Administration declares Burma open to U.S. mining investment”

Residents Concerned About Health Effects From Mining

May 5th, 2011

By Independent Mon News Agency – Residents in Three Pagodas Pass Township (TPP) living near mining sites in town are worried about the possible leak of poison from antimony stones. According to locals, the mining companies keep piles of the stones near their households.

A pile of antimony stones piles of the near their households at quarter 4 in Three Pagodas Pass ( Photo:IMNA)A pile of antimony stones piles of the near their households at quarter 4 in Three Pagodas Pass ( Photo:IMNA)

Mining companies including Aung Mye Co. Ltd., Thabyu Co. Ltd., Mya Than Co. Ltd., Aung Shwe Co. Ltd., Narwarat Co. Ltd., and Thu Za Na Pwint have been mining antimony stones in the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA)-controlled area at Brigade 6, which is about 30 kilometers from the town. Continue reading “Residents Concerned About Health Effects From Mining”