BUSINESS in BURMA THIS WEEK: Thai firms queuing up for oil and gas contracts; post and telecoms market gets competitive; Air Bagan offers shares to staff; and the govt announces a plan to bring electricity to the entire country by the year 2030.
A petition campaign led by the RNDP has been launched in Arakan state calling for an equitable distribution of benefits from the region’s natural resources.
Activists in 20 countries hold coordinated protests at Shwe pipeline outside embassies of China, Burma, India and South Korea
Employees of PTT complain of low salaries and poor working conditions as strike threatens to bring further controversy to lucrative venture
Burmese soldiers withdrawn from Kachin state seen in convoys heading to areas through which the Shwe pipeline will pass
Shock cancellation of Tavoy coal-fired plant prompts Thai energy giant to moot possibility of constructing hydrocarbon plant in Burma
Doubling of electricity prices prompts accusations that government is capitalising on surplus of cash from sales to China and Thailand
Burmese authorities offer compensation for Shan villagers forced off their land to make way for the China-backed Shwe gas pipeline
Sheikh Hasina leads most senior-level Bangladesh delegation to Burma in eight years, and is greeted by foreign minister at the airport
Sheikh Hasina due to visit Burma next week as Dhaka makes clear it desire for energy imports and an end to border disputes
UK minister warns that Burma’s oil and gas sector remains off-limits to EU companies, following rumours of Shell entering Burma
French company Total already runs the Yadana gas project but says it will wait for signs of reform before it expands operations there
Calls for Shwe pipeline project to be shelved fall on deaf ears as Korean company hails successful completion of production tests
Neighbouring countries look to double trade as India grows increasingly concerned at China’s potential to nudge Delhi out of contention