Fugitive Myanmar Gold Mining Executive Arrested in Thailand

YANGON—National Prosperity Company (NPC) chair U Soe Tun Shein was arrested in Thailand and extradited to Myanmar on Wednesday after more than a year on the run. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) found in 2018 that NPC had failed to comply with an order, issued the previous year, to suspend its […]

Proposed Gemstone Legislation Risks Leaving Flawed System Intact

The proposed Gemstone Law, currently under discussion in the national legislature, would largely perpetuate many flaws in the governing framework created by the then-military-led government in 1995, according to Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). In July 2016, the new NLD-led government decided to suspend issuing jade and gemstone licences until relevant laws could be reviewed […]

Three Mandalay Projects Delayed Pending Review

Three Mandalay Region development projects approved under the previous government are being reconsidered under the National League for Democracy administration. The projects are temporarily stalled while experts study potential negative impacts on the local environment and the public, officials have noted. Organising committees have been formed to analyse all three projects, said regional Minister for Electricity, Energy […]