India trying to play catch-up with China in Myanmar

Published on Jan 11 2012 // Featured Analysis
January 09, 2012 By KAZUTO TSUKAMOTO / Correspondent SINGAPORE–India is accelerating infrastructure development in Myanmar (Burma) to compete with China, which has built a lead in the reclusive nation rich in natural resources. The two giants and other neighbors are bolstering ties with Myanmar...

China’s Pipelines in Myanmar

Published on Jan 11 2012 // Featured Analysis
China’s Pipelines in Myanmar
Shivananda H January 10, 2012 In order to meet energy demands in its resource-crunched eastern, southern and central parts, China is constructing oil and gas pipelines in Myanmar, almost reaching to the seashores of Bay of Bengal. Currently, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), in agreement...

Integrating Energy Concerns into India’s National Security Strategy

Published on Dec 15 2011 // Featured Analysis, Slide Show
Integrating Energy Concerns into India’s National Security Strategy
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 00:00 Michael Kugelman India’s prodigious economic growth refuses to let up. While the 2008-09 world financial crisis caused a brief interruption (GDP growth dipped from pre-crisis averages of 9% to less than 7%), it quickly rebounded and now approaches double-digit levels...

ALTSEAN-Burma’s New Report: “Burma’s economy: Mismanagement as usual”

Published on Nov 04 2011 // Campaign Update, Featured Analysis
Today, ALTSEAN-Burma has released a new report that highlights the fact that the “Burmese economy remains hostage to the same oppressive and misguided economic policies that have stunted its development for decades.” A focus of their report is natural resource revenue– a significant...

Burmese Crossroads: Oil & Gas Rush Stokes Civil War

Published on Jul 26 2011 // Featured Analysis
Burmese Crossroads: Oil & Gas Rush Stokes Civil War
On a typical sunny day in 2010, Burmese authorities and their corporate partners from China confiscated Khaing Khaing’s small family plot on Maday island in the Bay of Bengal. The remote and mountainous Southeast Asian island, scorched during equatorial hot seasons and drenched in tropical monsoons,...

China’s Power Grab

Published on Jun 02 2011 // Featured Analysis
At a time when frequent power outages are disrupting people’s lives and businesses in Burma, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is now in Naypidaw, in all likelihood forging deals to export  more energy resources from the country. We, members of the Shwe Gas Movement, ask a simple question: what benefit will...

What can gas transparency do for Burma?

Published on May 24 2011 // Featured Analysis
What can gas transparency do for Burma?
By MATTHEW SMITH and NAING HTOO Published: 24 May 2010 International pressure continu Total CEO Christophe de Margerie in 2008 (Reuters) es to mount on the oil companies Total, Chevron, and PTTEP of Thailand to practice complete revenue transparency in connection to the controversial Yadana natural gas...

Energy Companies in Burma Urged to Disclose Payments

Published on Apr 27 2011 // Featured Analysis
Energy Companies in Burma Urged to Disclose Payments
By SIMON ROUGHNEEN Tuesday, April 27, 2010 A section of the Yadana gas pipline from Burma to Thailand. (Photo: The Irrawaddy) BANGKOK — Landmark legislation currently before the US Congress could force oil, gas and mining companies to disclose information about payments to governments...

US Delay Means Burmese Must Wait on Oil Payment Disclosures

Published on Apr 19 2011 // Featured Analysis
New US rules outlining requirements for oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments, including Burma, have been postponed until August at the earliest. Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform Act, passed in 2010, requires publicly traded companies listed on US...

Call for an ASEAN Framework on Extractive Industries: The case of Burma

Published on Feb 14 2011 // Featured Analysis
By Sam Stubblefield The amount of foreign direct investment in Burma’s extractive sector has grown significantly over the past decade, with even faster increases coming over the previous year. The vast majority of this investment comes from other ASEAN countries or ASEAN dialogue partners. According...