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“Foreign direct investment in Myanmar: What impact on human rights?” – new report by ITUC

Author: International Trade Union Confederation, Published on:


…Last year saw a rapid increase in oil and gas projects with the award of 16 onshore and 20 offshore blocks in the space of 12 months. The prospect of cheap labour is also leading the garment industry grow rapidly. Total garment exports were valued at about US$1.6 billion in 2014. Already, a number of European and American companies have established a supply-chain in Myanmar, and many others are considering doing so. Myanmar has also seen an unprecedented growth in international tourist arrivals and the tourism industry is becoming one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. This report focuses on the foreign investment in these three sectors (oil and gas, garments, and tourism) – the most significant ones today. It then assesses the human rights risks of multinational companies operating in Myanmar, particularly in the area of labour rights, land rights and conflict and security…

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