My colleague Vani Sathisan and I have published an opinion piece in the Asian Correspondent about our preliminary research at the Kyaukphyu SEZ:
“We don’t want electricity when there is no rice to cook in the pot. Without our land, we have no job, and no food,” a villager from Pyai Sate Kay village told us during our recent trip to the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
After several days of speaking with villagers and civil society organizations (CSOs), it became clear that the newest SEZ in Burma (Myanmar) – Kyaukphyu, an island off strife-ridden Rakhine State – is displacing local communities without proper compensation and accountability for loss of land and livelihoods.
CSOs in Kyaukphyu expressed concern about inadequate consultation, compensation and a lack of accountability for human rights violations in the context of forced evictions – all common complaints at other SEZs in Burma.
Kyaukphyu: History to repeat itself in Burma’s newest Special Economic Zone?
By Asian Correspondent Staff Apr 20, 2015 9:34AM UTC
From the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Website:
Extension for Consultation Date on the Modernization of Myanmar Investment Law
In order to modernize the Myanmar Investment Law, the Directorate of the Investment and Company Administration (DICA) is currently preparing a new Myanmar Investment Law with the assistance of International Finance Corporation (IFC). The draft law in Myanmar and English languages has now been uploaded on DICA’s website: (www.dica.gov.mm).
According to the request of interested people to give more comprehensive comments, DICA extends the date until 30 April 2015. Comments are to be sent by email : firstname.lastname@example.org, or the following address:
Yangon Office: No.1 Thitsar Road, Yankin Township, Yangon
Fax: 01 658135
Nay Pyi Taw Office: Building No. 32, Nay Pyi Taw
Phone: 067 406124, Fax: 067 406306
Mandalay Office: Corner of 26th and 84th Street, East Zay Cho Market,
2nd Floor, Chan Aye Thar Zan Township, Mandalay,
Fax: 02 686660
Shan State Office: No. 139, Sat San Tun Road, Zay Pine Yut, Taungyi, Shan State
Fax: 081 2124974
Mon State Office: No. 401, Toe Chae Kan Nar Road, Mayangone Quarter, Mawlamyine Township, Mon State
Fax: 05 7 23385