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Dr Stephen Suen, Chairman Marga Group

The Marga Group, a consortium of companies from Hong Kong, South Korea and Britain, announced its maiden project, Dagon City 1, earlier this year. The US$280 million mixed-use development in central Yangon, the first of a number of potential investments in Myanmar by the consortium, is a 70-30 joint-venture agreement with a Myanmar company, Thu Kha Yadanar. Marga Group chairman Dr Stephen Suen, a Buddhist scholar and a founding member of Australia’s Macquarie Bank, recently sat down with Mizzima’s Oliver Slow to discuss the Dagon City 1 project.

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Janet Jackson, UNFPA

Myanmar’s first census in more than 30 years, which took place from March 30 to April 10, was not without criticism but occurred relatively without major incident. The United Nations Population Fund had the responsibility of providing technical assistance to the government for the population count. The first batch of provisional results was released in August and the complete details are due to come out in May 2015. Mizzima Weekly’s Hans Hulst sat down with the UNFPA’s country representative, Janet Jackson, for a wide-ranging interview that covered the census process and the challenges ahead.

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Unity 5 lawyer Robert Sann Aung

As an activist U Robert Sann Aung has seen many jails from the inside. His opposition to the former military regime landed him ten years in the “black house”. He began practising law in 1981 but his licence was revoked in 1993 and it was another nineteen years, until July 9, 2012, before he was allowed to practise again. U Robert Sann Aung has since appeared in more than 60 cases, most of which have been political, with the most prominent being the case against four journalists and the chief executive officer of Unity Journal.

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U Khun Tun Oo posing in the living room of his Yangon home. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo

In February 2005, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo and seven other Shan leaders were arrested, convicted of high treason and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 79 to 106 years. Khun Tun Oo, 71, who was born at Hsipaw, Shan State, and studied Law at Yangon University, was released under amnesty in 2012 and resumed the chairmanship of the SNLD. The party registered with the Union Election Commission after the 2012 by-elections and intends to run in the 2015 general election. It will be its first campaign since the elections in 1990 for a constituent assembly in which it won 23 seats. In a wide-ranging interview, Mizzima Business Weekly's Portia Larlee asked Khun Tun Oo about ethnic politics, federalism and the drug trade.

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Sebastien Hie, Regional sales director, Orange

French telecommunications giant orange is one of 14 partners in a consortium formed to lay an undersea cable linking Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries with the Middle East and Western Europe. The 20,000-kilometre SEAME-WE 5 fibre optic cable will be the second to link with Myanmar, after SEAME-WE 3. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Manny Maung spoke with Orange regional sales director, Sébastien Hié, during his recent visit and asked about his company’s role in the cable project and what it will mean for the connectivity in Myanmar.

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Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn
Independent Yangon Region Hluttaw MP

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Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn. Photo: Hong Sar

Yangon region parliamentarian Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn studied and taught law in Japan, where she was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. She returned to Myanmar in 2009 and in 2010 won a seat in Bahan-2 constituency in the Yangon region Hluttaw for the Democratic Party. She left the party two years later and has since represented her inner Yangon constituency as an independent, gaining a reputation for being outspoken on a range of issues. In an interview with Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst, Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn discussed the forthcoming election for the Yangon City Development Committee, the democratic gap in the Yangon Region parliament and corruption.

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