Business in Burma this week: Burma now a ‘candidate’ for EITI; France’s largest bank slapped with $9B fine for violation US sanctions; and Taiwanese shoe manufacturer invests $100M in Rangoon factory.
Thousands of farmers in central Burma ‘s Magway division are selling their land and cattle to join the region’s oil rush.
Activists in 20 countries hold coordinated protests at Shwe pipeline outside embassies of China, Burma, India and South Korea
Burmese soldiers withdrawn from Kachin state seen in convoys heading to areas through which the Shwe pipeline will pass
Burmese authorities offer compensation for Shan villagers forced off their land to make way for the China-backed Shwe gas pipeline
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
Campaigners say pipeline being built to transport oil and gas from Burma’s western coast to southern China is fuelling rights violations
New bids for 18 oil & gas blocks submitted but foreign companies must include local companies in joint ventures
Environmental group says energy projects financed by China, India and Thailand provide fuel for wars in Burma’s border regions
Three Burmese nationals killed when a helicopter chartered by Malaysian energy firm Petronas crashed into the Andaman Sea after taking off from an offshore gas field
China pushes ahead with construction of oil and gas project despite ongoing fighting and displacement in northern Burma
Beijing reportedly looking to encourage speedier construction of the Shwe pipeline with a sweetner of $6 million for Burmese hospitals