An Independent Survey of Events in Myanmar
Member States voiced their continued support to the reform efforts of the Government in the areas of democratization, socio-economic development, and national reconciliation. They underlined the importance of the upcoming elections as a decisive phase in the reform agenda.
They also commended the resolve shown by President Thein Sein's Government and the ethnic armed groups in reaching a nationwide ceasefire accord, which took place on 31 March 2015. They expressed hope that early agreement would be reached on the framework for political dialogue that met the expectations of all stakeholders.
Referring to the ongoing communal tensions in Rakhine and elsewhere, Member States emphasized the need for firm and decisive action by the Government to prevent further conflict by resolving the substantive issues affecting those displaced by outbreaks of communal violence and addressing the underlying issues pertaining to status verification and citizenship for all the affected communities. They welcomed recent positive initiatives to address the humanitarian concerns. On the larger issues of citizenship and status, they hoped the Government would urgently undertake new measures in line with its national laws as well as international standards.
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Myanmar's Ethnic Parties and the 2015 Elections
Marie Lall, Nwe Nwe San,Theint Theint Myat and Yin Nyein Aye
European Union - International Management Group (IMG)
The ethnic political parties were the first legitimate opposition to the Union Solidarity and
Development Party (USDP) dominated assemblies after the 2010 election.The purpose of the research is to understand the role that ethnic parties play in Myanmar politics today, their views on the reform and peace processes, their thoughts about the Ethnic Armed Groups (EAGs), and the challenges they face for the 2015 elections in light of the NLD's re-entry into politics.
"In a 45 minute long speech VCGS impressed on the Rohinjas that they were Union citizens and there was no racial or religious discrimination in the country and that everyone in the Union are brothers and sisters of one big family.
"He stressed the need for every Union citizen to be loyal to the Union and to cooperate with the authorities to establish the rule of law and restore peace and security in the country....."
The full text of Brigadier Aung Gyi's speech on 4 July 1961 in Burmese may be found at this link.
Derek Tonkin writes: The articles are unequivocal in two respects. Firstly, that according to the VCGS those who call themselves Rohinja/Rohingya are Union citizens and one of the ethnic minorities of the Union, but secondly that they are of Chittagonian origin livng on both sides of the border, in what was then still East Pakistan, as well as in Arakan.
Myanmar and the British General Elections on 7 May 2015
Aung Naing Oo said that the FDI target was set in line with the government's 20- year FDI Promotion Plan. According to the DICA chief, the manufacturing sector may lead this year's FDI inflows into Myanmar followed by the oil and gas and services sectors. He expects a sharp increase in Japanese investments, thanks to the development of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, while Singapore, Hong Kong and China are likely to maintain their high rankings in the list of top investors.
Aung Naing Oo said that investments from European countries would likely surge next year if the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement could be signed later this year.
On the ASEAN side, he expected to receive more investments from Malaysia and Thailand. The newly opened economy may welcome more Thai investors, as the neighbouring country's outbound investment strategy focuses mainly on Myanmar and the Philippines. Read on for detailed analysis.....
Derek Tonkin writes: The strength of Asian business interest in Myanmar is likely to overshadow any concerns at the political level which Western leaders might harbour in the wake of an apparent slow-down in political refoms. It is now highly unlikely that any resumption of "restrictive measures" would be undertaken, though reactions in the US Congress tend to be unpredictable and continuing US restrictions on financial movements are a disincentive to some European investors.