Clinton in Myanmar May Augur Opening After Apple-to-Pepsi Exit

Published on Nov 30 2011 // News Update
November 29, 2011, 11:33 PM EST By Daniel Ten Kate Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to Myanmar starting today may give Western companies an opening to return to the former dictatorship 14 years after her husband banned new investment on human-rights concerns. Clinton’s...

Myanmar sheds that hermit image

Published on Nov 29 2011 // News Update
Ceritalah By KARIM RASLAN After decades of isolation, Myanmar is being brought back into the limelight by its military rulers led by President Thein Sein. MYANMAR and Malaysia. It’s highly unusual for the two countries to be mentioned in the same breath – all the more so given Myanmar’s long-standing...

Burma’s oil and natural gas sectors eyed by Malaysia

Published on Nov 29 2011 // News Update, Slide Show
Burma’s oil and natural gas sectors eyed by Malaysia
Monday, 28 November 2011 21:55 Mizzima News Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Malaysian companies are preparing to invest more in Burma’s inland oil and natural gas blocks. Nineteen Malaysian companies and Burmese businessmen will discuss investment opportunities on Tuesday at the Union of Myanmar...

Japan sees investment opportunities in Myanmar

Published on Nov 28 2011 // News Update
By Ben Blanchard NUSA DUA, Indonesia | Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:50am EST (Reuters) – Tokyo sees growing investment opportunities in Myanmar as the reclusive state embarks on political and economic reforms, citing its strategic location between India, China and Southeast Asia, a senior Japanese...

West wary of Burma investment

Published on Nov 25 2011 // News Update
Western companies are still thinking twice about investing in Burma despite recent political reforms, leaving the way clear to Indian, Thai and Malaysian companies to invest in the South East Asian nation. Andrew Hobbs 24 November 2011 09:02 GMT Burma, also known as Myanmar, closed its biggest...

Over 10 Activists for 24-Hour Electricity in Arakan State Detained

Published on Nov 23 2011 // Campaign Update, News Update, Related News
Over 10 Activists for 24-Hour Electricity in Arakan State Detained
Sittwe: Over ten campaigners for 24-hour electricity in Arakan State have been detained in Sittwe by police since yesterday for interrogation about their activities for the campaign, said one activists who evaded detention. Campaign Poster for 24 hours electricity in Arakan.  Among the ten...

Myanmar Reaches Out to Ethnic Groups Before Clinton Visit

Published on Nov 23 2011 // News Update
By Daniel Ten Kate (Adds details of China, India ties from ninth paragraph.) Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) — Myanmar’s government proposed a ceasefire with five ethnic armies during peace talks that ended two days ago, building on recent moves to reach out to dissident political factions and ease international...

Shell mustn’t ‘pre-empt’ Burma sanctions: UK

Published on Nov 21 2011 // News Update
By JOSEPH ALLCHIN Published: 18 November 2011 Andrew Mitchell, the first cabinet-level EU minister to visit Burma, has warned foreign companies not to “pre-empt” a cessation of EU sanctions on Burma in light of rumours that Royal Dutch Shell will enter the country’s lucrative extractive sector. The...

SGM’s Memo to the Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Published on Nov 19 2011 // Campaign Update
SGM’s Memo to the Business and Human Rights Resource Center
Shwe Gas Movement’s “Sold Out” report was recently profiled on the Business and Human Rights Resource Center. Out of the 13 companies that were asked to respond to our report, only three (CITIC, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Korea Gas Corporation) responded to our report. To see our...

Myanmar and Washington’s new strategic choice in Southeast Asia

Published on Nov 17 2011 // News Update
By Zaw Htay, Published: November 16 When President Obama sees his counterparts among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this week in Bali, he is expected to advance a number of major initiatives. Washington has made clear the Asia-Pacific region’s importance to the 21st century and...