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Press release: New report maps subnational role in Myanmar natural resource governance

The Myanmar Development Resource Institute – Centre for Economic and Social Development (MDRI-CESD), The Asia Foundation, and the International Growth Centre, have released a report presenting the ‘knowns and unknowns’ of natural resource revenue sharing in Myanmar.

The report, Natural Resources and Subnational Governments in Myanmar: Key considerations for wealth sharing, provides an overview of state and regional governments’ roles in natural resource governance, highlighting the mining, oil and gas, timber, and hydropower sectors. This report is the fourth volume in the Subnational Governance in Myanmar Discussion Paper Series, which aims to inform future analysis of the potential risks and benefits of changes to the role of subnational governments.

From February to May 2014, researchers interviewed civil society members, political parties, subnational  government officials, and business associations in Kachin and Shan States, Yangon, and central-level ministries in Nay Pyi Taw, in order to address the following questions:

  • What are the current roles of national and subnational government in natural resource management and revenue flows in Myanmar?
  • What discussions of natural resource wealth sharing are now taking place?
  • What are the potential benefits, risks, and economic trade-offs involved?

U Win Min, Senior Research Fellow at MDRI-CESD says, “The considerations presented in this report are crucial for the future of resource sharing, a key component of the national reconstruction process.” With wealth-sharing discussions still in an early stage, the report says that stakeholders should consider important questions about ‘which goals wealth-sharing policies would be intended to address, and the transparency, sustainability, and distributional effects of the systems they might create.’

Yangon, 17 June 2014

Soft copies of the report can be found on the Asia Foundation website: http://asiafoundation.org/publications/pdf/1367

Or under MDRI-CESD publications:
Paper: Natural resources and subnational governments

Hard copies in both Myanmar and English language versions are available from MDRI-CESD. To request a report or more information, please contact press.cesd@gmail.com.

The Myanmar Development Resource Institute’s Centre for Economic and Social Development is an independent think-tank dedicated to the economic and social transformation of Myanmar. The Centre undertakes participatory policy research studies related to economic reform, poverty-reduction, sustainable development, and good governance in Myanmar. It also provides training and education services for key institutions and organizations
contributing to the ongoing process of reform.

The International Growth Centre is directed by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Oxford. It consists of an international network of country offices, policy stakeholders and researchers. IGC’s mission is to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, the Foundation works through a network of 18 country offices in Asia on programs that address critical issues affecting the region in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.

The research was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.

An electronic copy of the Press release, 17 June 2014, is available here, (PDF, 2 pages, 1,220Kb).

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