CSOs call for greater transparency in Tanintharyi developments

A Coalition of local residents has criticised two Myanmar companies and a Chinese firm for announcing plans for a number of development projects in Tanintharyi Region. In a statement issued on December 14, the residents also attacked the local ethnic armed group, the Karen National Union, for its apparent participation in the projects. On December 13, the two Myanmar companies, Noble Prince and Sun and Rainbow, signed an agreement with the Power China International Group for the development of the Mae Tha Mee Khee Industrial Estate Project, the Tanintharyi Renewable Energy Power Project for dam construction on the Tanintharyi River and other related works, including the construction of a small port and the building of a road linking Htee Kee and Ka Net Thi Ri in Tanintharyi Region. The next day, 17 civil society organisations in the region issued a statement saying the projects must not proceed without transparency and accountability.

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