New Report: Decentralization of Natural Resource Management Key to Ending the Conflict and ‘Resource Curse’ in Myanmar

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Press Release: EMBARGOED FOR MARCH 22, 2016 New Report: Decentralization of Natural Resource Management Key to Ending the Conflict and ‘Resource Curse’ in Myanmar In a report launched today, Arakan Oil Watch urges the new government to devolve ownership and management of natural resources to the states and regions in order to achieve sustainable More...

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Myanmar's President Thein Sein attends a session of the 21st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh November 18, 2012.    REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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The corruption of Myanmar’s jade trade

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Myanmar's President Thein Sein attends a session of the 21st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and East Asia summits in Phnom Penh November 18, 2012.    REUTERS/Samrang Pring (CAMBODIA - Tags: POLITICS)
By AOW On Monday, January 14th, 2013
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US senator pushes Myanmar’s oil and gas sector with Thein Sein

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Environmentalists call for reducing exploitation of natural resources

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China's President Hu Jintao (L) and Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) sit for a witness during a signing ceremony at the Peace Palace in the Office of the Council of Minister in Phnom Penh March 31, 2012. REUTERS/Tang Chhin Sothy/Pool
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China’s sway over Cambodia tests Southeast Asian unity

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