The Myanmar government plans to focus efforts on building 20 hydropower plants within the Ayeyarwady River basin, according to HydroPower news on February 27.
Civil society groups say the government is failing to include them in a process aimed at establishing greater openness in the country’s administration and have raised concern about the benefits of joining the Open Government Partnership.
The groups make the comments in a statement issued after a two-day workshop on the Open Government Partnership, in which President U Thein Sein has said Myanmar will seek membership this year.
Myanmar’s main coalition of armed ethnic groups, the United Nationalities Federal Council, has said it would be “impossible” for a ceasefire agreement to be signed on Union Day, February 12, as proposed by President U Thein Sein. The UNFC has instead called for President U Thein Sein and the leaders of armed ethnic groups to sign an agreement on establishing a federal union on Union Day. The call was made in a statement issued by UNFC leaders at a media briefing in Bangkok on February 2.
Myanmar needs to take care in how it develops its tourism to avoid the potential for negative impacts on the environment, society and human rights, according to a report just out.
The four proposed bills to “Protect Nation, Race, and Religion,” have been accused of contravening a number of national and international frameworks, including the constitution of Myanmar, by 180 civil society organisations.
The organisations including; women’s networks that span the entire country, from multiple ethnic and religious back- grounds; generic pressure groups such as Generation Wave; and special interest lobbies such as the Sagaing Region Farmers Union, publicly released their comments in a January 28 statement.
The leaders of Japan and five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River plan to craft a new strategy in July for Tokyo to contribute to sustainable development of the Mekong region beyond 2015, according to the Bangkok Post on February 19.
Kris Plaza is a new US$24 million residential and commercial development ready for construction in Nay Pyi Taw and now open for sales, according to a press release from Yoma Strategic on February 18.
Myanmar’s electrical power challenge was under the spotlight at a recent seminar, a challenge many Myanmar citizens understand on a practical level day to day.