Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone – summary of impacts, company responses and updates

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12 June 2014

Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone – summary of impacts, company responses and updates

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The Thilawa Special Economic Zone is an industrial complex being developed 23 km southeast of Yangon city center in Myanmar. It is the flagship project of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA)...Residents displaced to give way to the 400-hectare initial phase of the project complain of unfair relocation agreements and a cramped, flood-prone resettlement site with substandard housing and basic infrastructure. Relocated residents say they have lost access to farmland and other livelihood opportunities, as well as access to clean water and educational opportunities for their children…Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited companies Marubeni, Mitsubishi and Sumitomo (which hold a 39% stake in the project...), as well as Toyota and Suzuki (which are reported to have expressed interest in opening operations at the SEZ) to respond…[Marubeni, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Suzuki, and Toyota responses provided.]

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Company response
11 June 2014

Marubeni response

Author: Marubeni

...While the ultimate responsibility for implementing the resettlement of the inhabitants from the 2,400 hectare area, inclusive of the Class A Area, rests with the government of Myanmar, Marubeni, MMSTD and MJTD recognize the importance of the fair and thorough consideration of the terms of resettlement consistent with international standards including elements such as monetary compensation, availability of land for resettlement, and training for alternative livelihoods for the inhabitants of the Class A Area. With the cooperation and understanding of the Government of Japan, we have continuously voiced this position to the Government of Myanmar through the Thilawa Public Private Coordinating Committee. We will also continue to collaborate closely with the Japanese government and our partners in providing advice and expertise to the Myanmar Government, with the aim of achieving a positive outcome for all of the parties involved.

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Company response
7 June 2014

Sumitomo response

Author: Sumitomo

...While the ultimate responsibility for implementing the resettlement of the inhabitants from the 2,400 hectare area, inclusive of the Class A Area, rests with the government of Myanmar, Marubeni, MMSTD and MJTD recognize the importance of the fair and thorough consideration of the terms of resettlement consistent with international standards including elements such as monetary compensation, availability of land for resettlement, and training for alternative livelihoods for the inhabitants of the Class A Area. With the cooperation and understanding of the Government of Japan, we have continuously voiced this position to the Government of Myanmar through the Thilawa Public Private Coordinating Committee. We will also continue to collaborate closely with the Japanese government and our partners in providing advice and expertise to the Myanmar Government, with the aim of achieving a positive outcome for all of the parties involved.

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Company response
3 June 2014

Response by Mitsubishi Group: re impact of industrial complex development in Myanmar

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Company response
1 May 2014

Response by Toyota: re impact of industrial complex development in Myanmar

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