As part of the SIA, the Project Team will consult with representatives of all relevant stakeholders, including from academia, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social partners, government and business. This will be done in the following ways:
Interviews conducted over the telephone and face-to-face meetings will constitute the most direct form of stakeholder engagement under the SIA. Structured interviews will allow for the project team to interact directly with the stakeholder group and obtain detailed information.
The main objective of these interviews is to faciliate detailed discussions on the ongoing negotiations and their potential sustainability impacts. Additionally, interviews will allow the project team to obtain in-depth qualitative data on the subject, and also understand a range of different perspectives. However, one major constraint of interviews is that they can be time-consuming. To ensure maximum efficiency, the project team will develop a standard list of questions as a basis for conducting interviews while allowing a degree of flexibility to the interviewer to interact with the interviewee. Given that internet access is limited in Myanmar, a further benefit of conducting interviews is that this will also mitigate against these constraints which may negatively impact the response rate to web-based feedback including the online questionnaire.
The project team aims to conduct 50 interviews and one-to-one meetings. Following discussions with local experts, the project team will ensure a balanced representation of stakeholder interests due to the emphasis placed on qualitative assessment necessitated by the lack of reliable quantitative data in Myanmar.
Civil Society Dialogue (CSD) Meetings
Two meetings with civil society were organised in Brussels over the course of the project. The SIA Project Team presented work completed and stakeholders were able to provide their input.
The first CSD was held after the publishing of the Draft Inception Report on 5th of November 2015. The presentation is online here, and the minutes are online here.
A second CSD was held after the publishing of the Draft Final Report on 5th April 2016. The presentation is online here, and the minutes areonline here.
To learn more about DG Trade's civil society dialogue please visit: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/civilsoc/
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 stand alone 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.
The questionnaires will be designed by the key experts to gather both quantitative and qualitative data. They will be distributed by the research team via the dedicated SIA website, as well as in hardcopy during workshops and meetings.
We invite all stakeholders to complete the stakeholder questionnaire online or click here to access the Stakeholder Questionnaire in Myanmar (word and pdf versions).