Monday, 03 August 2015
The long-lasting downpours in Monywar areas since mid-July resulted in the sharp rise of the water level of the nearby Chindwin River and more than 2500 households of 10-plus villages near the Letpadaung copper project have been flooded since July 31,2015.
Myanmar Wanbao sent out the rescue team in the first time that the flood of Chindwinriver hit the villages, among which ShweHlay, Toan, Balaung, Whet Hamy/Kantaw New Villages are hardest hit because they are in lower area close to the Chindwin River. Local people said they are used to flood in raining season, but this year's severe rains in the whole Saigaign Region, particularly the upper reach of the Chindwin river, increased the water level and hence they suffered most in this year.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Since Myanmar Wanbao commenced the contribution plan in July 2014, 764 impacted people in the Lepadaung project area have been paid the annual contributions, which has amounted to 1,231,569,140 kyats in total.
The contribution plan was created by Myanmar Wanbao to safeguard the livelihood and wellbeing of its community in the long term, even though it has met its legal requirements and has paid compensation and subsidies to the landholders in separate 3 times.
Since July 2014, the company, together with its Myanmar partners and supervised by the Myanmar government, has created an annual Contribution payment to all the land-lost villagers between USD70 and USD160 per month depending on the number of jobs they are entitled to have because of land loss. Land-lost villagers had originally been promised jobs by Myanmar Wanbao (the numbers of which were dependent on how much land was given to the project), however, due to the stoppages the company was unable to provide jobs through no fault of its own. So the contribution payment are given regular cash payments every 6 months until a job materializes. This ensures that the land-lost villagers have the peace of mind that their basic livelihoods needs are met whilst they wait for a job to materialize.
This was done through extensive consultations and with the participation of the villagers. It included unprecedented extensive door-to-door consultations for months. The majority of land-lost villagers have accepted the contribution plan.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
We are proud that our mobile clinic team has had 110,000 treatments of the patients in the villages impacted by Monywar copper project.
The mobile clinic team, which is composed of doctors and nurses from Yangon International Clinic and contracted by Myanmar Wanbao and Myanmae Yangtse, was set up in early 2013 for the purpose of providing medical services for the project affected villages which have little or no access to healthcare free of charge. The mobile clinic team treats 3,000 people per month. Myanmar Yang Tse's Mine Town Hospital has also provided a healthcare program to pregnant women and children under five years old within five miles for more than ten years free of charge. In the rainy season from July to September, the doctors will have health talk with villagers to popularize the knowledge of illness prevention.
As part of our efforts to promote the community and social development, in 2014, we donated a 16-bed community hospital by injecting 425 million kyats to increase medical services for the local people. The hospital was handed over to the local government and start operation in July 2014.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Over 820 college and matriculation students from the 33 villages impacted by the Letpadaung copper project have got the scholarship granted by Myanmar Wanbao. A ceremony was held in Salingy Township Government on July 5th, 2015. U Thar Aye, Chief Minister of Sagain Regional Government, attended the ceremony. Mr Cao Desheng, Public Relations Manager of the company, were present at the event on behalf of Myanmar Wanbao and handed over the scholarship to the students. In 2015, A total of 64.8 million Kyats was put in the scholarship program, which is part of the company's community and social development (CSD) projects aimed at improving living conditions of local people.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Myanmar Wanbao Launched massive community and social development projects in 2014 as part of its efforts to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities while developing the Letpadaung copper project in Monywar. We released our CSR report, which showcased what we have done in building harmonious relationship with communities, ensuring environmental protection and securing good work environment for our employees. Please see our CSR report as attached in PDF format.
In 2015, we still have a long list of things to do, and all of these tasks have one main aim: to help Myanmar and its people become happier and more prosperous. But how can a copper mining company achieve this, you might ask? The answer is by becoming an ever closer partner of the people of Myanmar, and those of Letpadaung in particular, as they seek to turn the gift of their resources into sustainable development. And now that our mine has started work, albeit after much delay, we can start making an even greater contribution to the people of Myanmar.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Wanbao Mining Limited, headquarter in Beijing, is a wholly state-owned mining investment company with its business focused in mineral resources development and metal trading in Asia and Africa. Since 2010, it has been working with its Myanmar partners on the Monywa copper project in Sagaing region with the total investment to be around US$1.5 billion. Wanbao Mining has two sister companies in Myanmar, i.e. Myanmar Yang Tse Copper Limited ("Myanmar Yang Tse") and Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Limited ("Myanmar Wanbao"), which are playing a key role in boosting the development of Myanmar's mining industry while also benefiting the local people.
Myanmar Yang Tse is proud to be the only one producer in Myanmar for its LME registered Grade A Cathode Copper with the brand name of "Monywa S&K", which is mined from its Sabetaung and Kyisintaung (S&K) deposits in the Monywa Copper Mine area. It has a production capacity of 30,000 tons per year and will reach 50,000 tons per year by the end of 2015 in the wake of upgrading of the production facilities still being done. Myanmar Wanbao is developing the nearby Letpadaung deposit, which is the largest part of the Monyawa Copper Mine. It is hoped the Letpadaung mine, which is still under construction, will enter into production in 2015.
Win-Win and mutual benefit
Mineral resources will continue to play a key role in driving sustainable economic growth and boosting the per capita GDP among the people of Myanmar. It creates jobs, contributes to government revenues and nurtures a skilled work force for industrialization in the region.
Wanbao Mining sticks to mutual benefit while developing cooperation with its Myanmar partners, Mining Enterprise No 1("ME1") and Union of Myanmar Economic Holding Limited ("MEHL"). As per Production Sharing Contract, around 70 per cent of interests will go to Myanmar side despite 100% investment made by Wanbao Mining in the Letpadaung project for mine construction and mineral development. It is estimated that, upon entering into production, the Letpadaung project will directly contribute US$140 million annually to Myanmar government revenue. Indirectly, through local procurement, it will bring about US$70 million to local economy in the phase of mine construction within 3 years and US$193 million annually while the mine becomes operational.
As a responsible Chinese company, Wanbao Mining aligns its business strategy with community involvement. The aim for this is two-fold: to create more sustainable employment in the area and region, but also sew the first seeds of industrialization in the area. By creating backward and forward linkages through local procurement, Wanbao Mining hopes to create widest possible supplier network around its business. This will help sustainable development that will extend beyond the eventual decommissioning of the mine. This will also empower local villagers and give them more skills and control their lives.
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