Local Workshop in Myanmar

The EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement is currently being negotiated between the European Union and the Republic of Union of Myanmar. The aim is to conclude a standalone investment protection agreement which would ensure a level playing and improve the legal certainty regarding treatment of EU investors in Myanmar and of Myanmar investors in the EU. The third round of negotiations took place on 21-23 September 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar. This workshop is part of the Sustainability Impact Assessment on the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement, mandated by the European Commission to assess the potential economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts of the agreement and to seek broad stakeholder input.

Workshop Details

Title: Local Workshop on the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement - Impacts, Opportunities and Challenges

Date: 17th December 2015

Location: The Rose Garden Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar  

Language: English and Myanmar (Simultaneous interpretation & translated resources provided)

Workshop Brief

The project team for the Sustainability Impact Assessment on the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement organised a day-long local workshop in Yangon, Myanmar on December 17, 2015. This workshop gathered relevant government, social partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academic partners and private sector stakeholders active in Myanmar to engage in a discussion on the likely economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement. The workshop provided local stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the agreement and served as a platform for civil society in Myanmar to provide feedback on the potential impacts of the agreement.

During the local workshop, the SIA team leader presented the intermediate findings of the SIA as well as provided a general presentation of the SIA process. Local experts made presentations outlining the important challenges and opportunities related to the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement and participants were invited to comment and question as part of the Q&A sessions.  

Among those present were:

·   U Aung Naing Oo, Director General, Directorate of Investment & Company Administration (DICA)

·   Roland Kobia, EU Ambassador to Myanmar

·   Representatives from Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission

·   Representatives from EU Delegation to Thailand

·   Piyamal Pichaiwongse, Liaison Officer, International Labour Organisation

·   Representatives from the Embassies of Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Denmark; among others

·  Representatives from Chambers of Commerce and Industry: EuroCham, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Industry; among others

·  Official Representatives from Myanmar Investment Commission, DICA, Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce, Department of Trade Promotion at the Ministry of Commerce(Myanmar), Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (Myanmar); among others

·  Civil Society Representatives from: Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, Spectrum, Action Labour Rights, Land Core Group, Chin Human Rights Organisation, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Comprehensive Development Education Centre among others

·  Academic Representatives from: Yangon University, Myanmar Environmental Institute, Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies and independent academics

· Business, Legal and Company Representatives from: Telenor, Ericsson, Total, Heineken, H&M, Unilever, Shell, British American Tobacco, Baker MacKenzie, Poe-Ma Insurances, Audier & Partners Myanmar,  Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Myanmar Vineyard Estate Co. Ltd; among others

·   Representatives from Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry from: Mon, Shan, Mandalay regions/states of Myanmar

·   Local Business Representatives from sectors like Garments, Fisheries, Banking, Agriculture,Travel & Tourism, Legal Consultancy; among others

·   Media Representatives from Mizzima Media Group and local, independent journalists

Note: This local workshop is a key element of the SIA’s stakeholder outreach. Feedback from this workshop will be directly relayed to the negotiating team of the European Commission and incorporated into the Final SIA Report.

Minutes of this meeting will be made available soon.

Please click here to consult information material (including presentations) from the local workshop.

For any clarifications, queries and comments, please contact the project team:

Email: comments@eu-myanmarsia.com

Tel:  +86 10 8527 6380 Ext. 821