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Senior Monks Give Blessing to Pagoda Relocation

Friday, 28 February 2014

Senior monks permit Pagoda Relocation
Wanbao is very sensitive to the spiritual needs of its local community. We feel very privileged when asked by our community to help them renovate their holy sites or build new pagodas on their behalf. It is common place for our staffs to take part in spiritual festivities and celebrations with our surrounding villages. We also have taken an active role in the spiritual well-being of our local community through the building of monasteries so that religious teaching can always continue flourishing in the area.
We also have taken an active role in the spiritual well-being of our local community through the building of monasteries so that religious teaching can always continue flourishing in the area.



UN envoy visits Letpadaung mine

Thursday, 27 February 2014

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UN envoy visites Letpadaung mine
 Wanbao mining was delighted to receive, Mr. Tomas Quintana, UN Special envoy on human rights to Myanmar last week on a special visit he made to the mine.

On Monday the 17th of February, Mr Quintana and his team met with assistant Managing Director, Deng Hengbo.

Mr. Quintana was shown how Wanbao is adhering to the best international environmental standards through its waste dump process. As Wanbao mining is still in the early stages of construction, Mr. Quintana was also shown around the ""0"( zero) discharge" process at Wanbao's sister company SK which will be replicated at Wanbao.

Managing Director Geng Yi, in a separate letter had urged the Special envoy to visit Wanbao stating;
"The community matters to us greatly, and we hope you get the opportunity to see the work we are doing, and how we are constantly striving to improve".
He also added, "I would also like to take this opportunity to direct your attention that we have been proactively engaging with the Investigation Commission headed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. All our actions, plans and promises have been closely monitored by them, and all our progress as per the commission's request and process, is regularly being released to the public". Later, Mr. Quintana met with Mr. Cao Desheng, Wanbao's PR manager as well as with the British company, China-I, Wanbao's Development and Communications advisers. We took this opportunity to explain further to Mr. Quintana our current community efforts as well as our social development programs for the future. Critically we also shared with him our upcoming community consultation to engage and involve the surrounding villages in shaping their own futures.


"We must listen to the people's demands and feelings"

Thursday, 30 January 2014

thefutureeng thumb1In response to the report of the Investigation Committee lead by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr Geng Yi, Managing director of Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Limited, accorded a joint interview to the Future Magazine of Myanmar and the Voice of American on August 16, 2013 in which he emphasized that "we must listen to the people's demands and feelings."


Excerpts from the interview:

Ronnie Nyein :
Mr. Gen Yi, why don't we start with the report of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that led to the (investigation)commission? Because as other things have already happened, and everybody knew, everything is in the media, we don't want to go back to the past. According to her report, overall, their report's conclusion, what they said is, everything is fine as the project will profit the country and profit for the foreign investor. But the biggest and the only problem, the report found, is transparency.
Before, there was no transparency on what investors are doing, what the joint-venture MEHL (Myanmar Economic Holding Ltd) is doing. People cannot know, the public didn't know. It happened like that. That is one part of my interview with you. You also knew the report's conclusion, so how will you prepare and start to work to run your project regarding this transparency situation?
GengYi :
Yes, I understand your question very well. And also I think this is a good question. Frankly speaking, for the past, some difficulty, some misunderstandings, even some problems came out from this issue. But I'd also like to clarify that we are not doing nothing. According to my understanding transparency is directly related to communications. So we were doing communications. But I also admit that communication is worse, not enough. So, how should we go forward to make this transparency issue improve according to suggestions from the investigation report? It's also relying on communication. So, from the company point of view, we are enhancing communications at different levels.
Among all the communication activities, I believe, listening is critical. So now, or even before or during the investigation period and after that, and up to now, and also later on, we will try our best to listen to the needs and requests and demands and complaints and suffers from the community and from the public. We have to get along with each other. We have to get along with our community, our people harmoniously, which is the key to support our project to carry on in the long term, and also, on top of that, we have the bigger community, the public. Myanmar, and also we have different authorities to supervise us, like from the government authority, like for NGOs (Non- Government Organizations) like from civil society.
So from different levels, starting from the community level, we'd like to enhance and improve our communications. The first step is listening. Then we carry on every step of our project to listen to the people's understandings an their requests. In response to their request, we can fulfill and also we believe we can help our community to develop together with us. We both will have a better future through the communication.


Please click link below to download a full text of the interview:


 The Future Magazine with Mr Geng Yi

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