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Monday, 19 May 2014

Latest Update on our Kidnapped Colleagues


We have just been contacted by the “ Yangon Public service Network”, the extremist activist group who kidnapped our contractors yesterday.They threatened us that if their conditions are not met by 1pm today the 19th of May, that they will harm our colleagues.

We are deeply distressed and concerned by this threat.

Wanbao urges these activists to not harm our colleagues.

 

Wanbao vehemently condemns this unprovoked attack and we are requesting  the immediate release of our kidnapped contractors.

For our initial press statement on this difficult event go to Latest News Section on this web.

Wanbao will be holding a press conference at 4 Pm today.

   

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Wanbao send request letter for immediate assistance to the governmental official of Sagaing Division

Monday, 19 May 2014

Request for Urgent Assistance for Kidnapped Staff

 

Your Excellency,

H.E U Thar Aye,Chief Minister of Sagaing Division


We would like to inform you of an unfortunate and violent incident that has taken place - the kidnapping of our colleagues by activists - and in turn we would like to seek your wise council and urgent assistance.

At 11am of May 18 2014, 3 of our contractors working for Norbenco, Mr. Lu Yuanhao and Mr. Miao Jie, both Chinese nationals and 23 years of age, and, Mr Khin Aung Moe, a 21 year old Myanmar National, were taken against their will by activists purporting to belong to the “Student Network of Mandalay” and two monks from old Sede village.

 

The Norbenco team of 3 were going about their work of surveying the land in the Southern area of our mining project, to the northeast of Sede Old Village, when they were jumped upon by the activists and taken against their will.

 

Wanbao learned from local government officials who went to negotiate with the activist that they belong to the “Student Network of Mandalay”.

 

Our colleagues have been threatened with death if the police were to harm any of the villagers. The activists have demanded the halting of the Letpadaung project as the condition for the release of our colleagues.

 

Wanbao vehemently condemns this unprovoked attack on our colleagues.

 

As you well know, Your Excellency, Myanmar Wanbao cares greatly for the people of Myanmar and we very much hope that this issue can be resolved peacefully as soon possible so that our colleagues can return to their families. We would very much welcome your assistance in releasing our colleagues. We would greatly appreciate it if the Myanmar government tool all necessary measures to rescue the victims.

We however would urge you that no action should be taken that would place the lives of our young colleagues in danger. Their wellbeing and safety have to be our number one and foremost priority- we owe this to their families and to the great relationship which exists between the two nations and peoples.

 

We would like to reiterate to Your Excellency that once our colleagues are freed, we will be happy to continue dialogue with the activists and Sede villagers to find a resolution to any grievance they might have. We would also like to direct your attention to the fact that we have been in negotiation with them from the last 5 months solidly. We have consulted them, sat with them, ate with them and have reached out to them repeatedly. This is why we are greatly horrified by this senseless act of violence.

 

We currently take succour from the calls of support we have received from the many villages and village elders who have contacted us and offered their help to release our colleagues. At the difficult time we are heartened by the community support we are getting. We understand that it is the only a small number of extremists and activists who are opposing our project with this type of unreasonable extreme behaviour and requests. They are not only seriously violating Myanmar law, but they are also going against the wish of the majority of the community who are working out with us various ways to benefit from the project.

 

In closing, we would very much ask you as a matter of urgency to assist us in any and every way possible to secure the freedom and wellbeing of our staff.

 

Sincerely,

Mr.Geng Yi

Managing Director

 

   

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Myanmar Wanbao Requests the Immediate Release of its Contractors who have been Kidnapped by Activists from the Yangon Public Service Network

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Myanmar Wanbao confirms that at 11am on the 18th of May, 3 of our contractors working for Norbenco , Mr. Lu Yuanhao and Mr. Miu Jie, both Chinese nationals and 23 years of age, and , Mr Khin Aung Moe, a 21 year old Myanmar National, were taken against their will by activists purporting to belong to the "Yangon Public service Network" and two monks from old Sede village.


The Norbenco team of 3 were going about their work of surveying the land in the Southern area of our mining project, to the northeast of Sede Old Village, when they were jumped upon by the activists and taken against their will.


Wanbao learned from local government officials who went to negotiate with the activist that they belong to the "Yangon Public service Network". The activist provided the following conditions in order to release our colleagues.


At 4pm they demanded the following 3 conditions;

1. The immediate release of an activist by the name of Aung Soe, who was arrested earlier in the same morning of the 18th May by Myanmar police. They said that Aung Soe should be "swapped" for our colleagues.

 

2. To take down all existing fencing work.

 

3. To stop erecting fencing on land whose owners have rejected to take land subsidy from the government.

 

Later the kidnappers called again and dropped their request for their activist friend Aung Soe to be released as a condition for the freeing of our colleagues and replaced this with the total halting of the Letpadaung project.

 

At 6.20 pm one of our colleagues, Mr. Khin Aung Moe was released. However, our other two colleagues are still being detained against their will.

At 8:20pm and 10:45pm, the activists called and said that if police come to rescue our colleagues, they will hurt them.

At 11:30pm, the activists called and said if any Sede villager injured, they would kill one of our colleagues.

 

Wanbao vehemently condemns this unprovoked attack on our colleagues.


Wanbao requests the immediate release of its contractors who have been kidnaped by individuals claiming to be from Yangon Public service Network.


Wanbao cares greatly for the people of Myanmar and we very much hope that this issue can be resolved peacefully as soon as possible so that our colleagues can return to their families. We ask the Student Network of Mandalay to intervene to release our colleagues, if the kidnappers are indeed who they say they are. Wanbao bears no ill will towards your organisation and we respect your right to express your opinions peacefully.


At this time, Wanbao is in contact with all appropriate parties as well as the families of the colleagues and is doing everything possible to release our colleagues.


Wanbao would like to take this opportunity to thank all the villagers from the many villages and village elders who have contacted us and offered their help to release our colleagues. At the difficult time we are heartened by the community support we are getting. We understand that it is only a small number of extremists and activists who are opposing our project.

 

For more information please contact Mr. Cao Desheng on +959259012318

   

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Wanbao sends its Engineers out to do Community Engagement

Sunday, 18 May 2014

consultation2"The only way for the future of all mining companies, is to make all their personnel, including their engineers go and engage with the local communities. Only then will they get a clear understanding of the impact we are having on our community and how best to mitigate it and help improve the livelihood of our hosts....the days of divorcing engineers and mining specialists from community work are over...this is a new era...a new era for Wanbao and for mining as a whole...we must listen to our communities..." Geng Yi, General Manager Myanmar Wanbao.

 

This week, a Wanbao team made of mining, mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as our community relations team members continued the community consultation programme we started last July 2013. The team has been given specialised training in community consultations over several months of workshops which sharpened their skills in responding to community questions and concerns. The team was led by Mr. Cao Desheng, head of Public relations at Wanbao and was observed by China-i, a British consultancy specialising in development and stakeholder risk management.

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European Times Magazine's Interview Description

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Excerpts from the interview of Mr Geng Yi, Managing Director of Myanmar Wanbao and Chairman of Myanmar Yang Tse Copper Mining by the European Times Magazine

"Mining industry will continue to play a crucial role in driving sustainable economic growth in this country" said Mr.Geng Yi.

 

eutimes logo webAccording to Mr.Geng, Wanbao is committed to the communities and has been aware of the importance of skill building to local people, which will help promote sustainable development that will extend beyond the eventual decommissioning of the mine. This will also empower the villagers and their next generations and give them more skills and control over their lives, he said.

  In terms of environmental conservation, Mr.Geng says,the company undertakes its Monywa Copper projects in accordance with the international standards and good international practice.
"Maximizing shareholders' value has taken a backseat as our strategy shifts to maximizing stakeholders' value. We believe when our CSR approach truly benefits the local people, financial returns will follow naturally." Mr.Geng said.


Please download the attachment of full interview description.

pdf iconEU Times Interview

   

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