If China wants to fish in Myanmar’s troubled waters, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)-linked Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Rakhine State is a good place to cast a line.
Public opposition to the controversial Myitsone Dam project is gaining momentum ahead of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s upcoming visit to China.
Myanmar’s Union Parliament approved an agreement on investment between the ASEAN and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
Scientists and environmentalists are warning that China’s vast “Silk Road” global infrastructure initiative could cause permanent environmental damage unless it’s carefully handled.
The Belt and Road Initiative puts Myanmar’s natural capital and the lives and livelihoods of 24 million people - half of the country’s population - at risk, according to a report from World Wide Fund for Nature in Myanmar.
The new Belt and Road courts could complement existing common law-based arbitration institutions and widen the choices for project parties, but the devil could be in the detail, such as the structure, composition of judges and governing rules, experts have warned.
Up to half of Myanmar’s population live in areas that could suffer environmental damage from two giant highways unless the ecological risks are considered, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The planned roads will form part of China’s continent-crossing network of overseas infrastructure known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Civil society groups say an investment protection agreement being negotiated by Myanmar and the European Union lacks transparency and exposes the government to the possibility of compensation payouts it cannot afford.
The EU accounts for about 10 percent of foreign direct investment in Myanmar and is keen to raise that number with its planned Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), a wide-ranging agreement on trade that has been in-negotiation in recent years.
As the signing of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) draws near, concerns over the secrecy surrounding the agreement’s negotiations and the risks it poses abound, alongside many myths about its potential benefits.
Negotiations over an agreement on investment promotion and protection between Myanmar and Singapore have started, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Director General U Aung Naing Oo.
Hong Kong’s new chief executives ays that the ASEAN-HK Free Trade Agreement negotiations are expected to conclude by year-end, and that the city will pursue closer ties with ASEAN to echo China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Negotiators discussed the EU’s reformed approach to investment protection and investment dispute resolution.
Singapore and Myanmar will begin talks on a bilateral investment treaty.
The Myanmar government is seeking parliament approval to ratify the protocol to the Asean Charter on Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
An industrial policy to bring Myanmar into the 21st century will be presented to parliament, with the aim of updating the law to equip the country to better compete in the ASEAN Economic Community.
Six months into the grace period, Myanmar farmers are worrying what will happen when free trade finally comes to all ASEAN members in 2018.
Areas of future cooperation include more investments in infrastructure development, agriculture and education, says Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
Letter from civil society organizations in Myanmar to EC Commissioner Malmström.