Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Official Release (Article)
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Here is the official release (Article) of Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Limited.Now it is available in three languages (Myanmar,Chinese and English)
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Myanmar Wanbao in Action...
In retrospect to the recent happenings as well as two years of delays in the construction of the Letpadaung copper project, Myanmar Wanbao, as one of the biggest foreign investors in Myanmar, has experienced the hardships arising from the social conflicts during the process of democratization in Myanmar. Objectively, this is unavoidable. Following the mass sit-in protests against the project in November 2012, the Investigation Commission led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi conducted an in-depth investigation about the Letpadaung project and released a report in March 2013. The Investigation Report arrived at the conclusion that, if overall considerations are given to the economic and social benefits the project will bring about and the international relations it involves, the Letpadaung project should move on provided the improvements are made for the project in accordance with the suggestions made in the report. Thereafter, the Myanmar government created an Implementation Committee chaired by U Hla Tun, Union Minister of President Office, with a number of union ministers being the committee members, to carry out the suggestions of the report. Myanmar Wanbao, as the operator of the Letpadaung project, has been taking active measures to materialize every item of the suggestions in the report and has won good recognition by the Implementation Committee and the overwhelming support by the majority of the local communities. Let's go through what Myanmar Wanbao has done:
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
Yesterday, we lost a member of the extended Letpadaung family, Daw Khin Win .Our hearts and prayers are with her family.
After the tragic and sad news of yesterday, we understand that the situation is much calmer right now.
We are shocked to hear of accounts airing on social networks about Wanbao staff allegedly beating up villagers and carrying knives. And even stories that mention that we are using Chinese security guards. These stories are hurtful and totally untrue. If anything it has been Wanbao staff and contractors who have been at the receiving end of intimidation and beatings by activists and extremists as they carry out their work. These false statements only harm social peace in Letpadaung and demonstrate that there are people who are willing to exploit the tragic events of the last two days to harm the trust we and our community have built together.
We know that the majority villagers in this community, who have become our family and friends, have not participated in violent acts against Wanbao employees, on the contrary we know that our community deplores such actions, and that they deplore that outsiders and extremists are causing such disturbances and violence.
The commencement of construction, will allow Wanbao to continue maximising the developmental returns for the community and Myanmar as a whole.
We reiterate our belief that it is only through peaceful dialogue can peace and sustainable development be achieved.
Monday, 22 December 2014
We have just been informed of the death of a female resident from Moe Kyo Pyin village which is located in our surrounding community. On behalf of all at Wanbao we extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to her family and share in their grief at this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with her family. Today we have all lost a member of our extended Letpadaung family.
The events leading up to her death are still unclear. We understand the police were also at the scene, and we hope they will start investigating this tragic event.
This event is especially awful given the great turnaround in our relationship with our community. We have achieved amazing progress because we received popular approval for our project through two large community consultations carried out from May until November 2014.
What happened today is unfortunate for so many reasons- and especially unfortunate given how hard we and the villagers have worked together to get closer to one another and start building trust. We have only been able to commence construction because the vast majority of the people gave us the OK to proceed with the project.
You should know that 71% of consulted villagers in 35 villages have given us the green light to continue our project and they support it and that 91% of impacted villagers in 27 villages who were consulted through door to door consultations have also supported us. So we have achieved great strides in our community relationships. There is a great story of hope and reconciliation which you can read about in the (website). This is what makes this senseless death even more painful and poignant. The mining project is there to help people like the lady who has passed away.
Our hearts and prayers are with her family. We are unwavering in our commitment to peaceful dialogue, and we oppose any violent and dangerous activity that jeopardizes the safety of the villagers, the protestors, our staff or the police.
Monday, 22 December 2014
MWMCL Press Release
22nd December, 2014
Myanmar Wanbao to commence construction of Letpadaung project in agreement with the Myanmar Government and under its direction.
Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Limited (MWMCL) is pleased to announce that, under the direction of the Myanmar Government, the company will be extending its working area in the Letpadaung copper project to comply with requirements of its investment permit granted by the Myanmar Investment Commission.
Construction is proceeding as a result of broad community support for the project.
The company hopes that, with the commencement of construction, the Letpadaung project can reach "operational status" soon where the company can continue sharing the benefits of this project with its community and the whole of Myanmar.
Once the mine is operational, there are many sources of benefits from this project for the people of this region and the whole of the country such as:
— The country is estimated to have a direct economic benefit of USD 140 million per year in taxes, royalties, production share, and USD 150 million per year in terms of the local procurement. This will be used to help build this country further.
— Furthermore, 2% of the project's net profit will go towards community development.
— The investment in the people of the region, in their skills and in infrastructure will make Letpadaung and Sagaing Division an attractive destination for more foreign direct investment.
During the delay period of 2 years, MWMCL has not only complied with both the Investigation Commission's recommendations, and the direction of the Implementation Committee, but it has also has gone beyond them, in terms of its social and environmental responsibilities, and critically also in terms of its community consultations.
Social issues and community relationships.
MWMCL has engaged proactively with its community through numerous rounds of consultations and engagements, with advice from British social risk consultancy, China-i. We have taken to heart the Myanmar government's concept of "People Centred Development" and we are proud of putting this concept into action by placing our community at the centre of what we do.
We have carried out unprecedented extensive door-to-door consultations between Wanbao management and villagers for months on end. This public engagement process was transparent and open to anyone who wanted to provide input or raise concerns. This allowed us to get much closer to our community and listen to their needs. It allowed the company to forge close relationships which Wanbao hopes will become lifetime friendship.
Our numerous consultations have shown the community our commitment to them. And villagers have witnessed this also through the company's actions in response to their needs. Our neighbouring villages have seen that despite the project not being operational due to stoppages outside Wanbao's control, the company has been reaching out to them in every way it can. This is why the majority of them have given their full support to the project.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
In the villages that surround Letpadaung copper project in central Myanmar, the effects of the social investments made by Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Limited ( "Myanmar Wanbao") are tangible. Myanmar Wanbao, together with the Myanmar Government and its Myanmar partners ME1 and MEHL, has married its community initiatives with Myanmar's development goals of "poverty alleviation", "inclusive growth" and "people-centred development".
Myanmar Wanbao is committed to the community, and the Letpadaung villagers have witnessed this through the company's actions. They have seen that despite the mine not being operational due to stoppages outside its control the mine has been reaching out to them in every way it can. This is why the majority of the people in the area have given their full support to the project.
Land Compensation and Subsidies
Since 2011, the partners of the Letpadaung project have paid three times of land compensation or subsidies to the villagers who had lost land in the project area.The criteria for the land compensation or subsidies was decided by the Myanmar government based on the Myanmar law and local market price for the land. The total amount of compensation and three times of subsidies is between 1,825,000Ks and 3,250,000Ks per acre depending on the type of land. The compensation plus the first subsidy is 100% claimed by the land-lost people. 66% of the total land-lost people have taken up second subsidies, which means the majority of villagers losing land are willing to release their land to the project.
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