Burma Centrum Nederland Conference:
Investing in Burma – challenges and opportunities.
11 and 12 October 2012
For information and registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: `De Burcht’ / Henri Polak Laan 9 / Amsterdam / Ph 0031 (0) 20 6241166
09.30 - 09.45: Registration and coffee
09:45 - 10:15: Opening address by Mrs. Agnes Jongerius
10:15- 11:00: Session 1: Setting the scene - economic and political developments in
Dr. Khin Zaw Win will give an overview of the current situation in
, putting developments, reforms and the ongoing process of transformation in the context of economic development. Burma
11:00 – 11:30: Discussion
11:30-12:15: Session 2: The new investment law
Mr. U Ye Tun will share an analysis of the investment law, and its implications for foreign investors in
12:15 - 12:45: Discussion
12:45- 14:00: Lunch
14:00- 14:45: Session 3: Responsible investment
Mrs. Donna Guest will speak on doing business in
in the context of corporate social responsibility, human rights (including labor rights) and economic policy development. Burma
14:45- 15:15: Discussion
15:15- 15:45: Coffee/tea
15:45- 16:30: Closing session: Wrap up the day
Ms Sue Mark will summarize what has been shared during the day, and draw some primary conclusions.
Mr. Hans Terhurne, who has been keeping track of the discussion through mindmapping, will share the mindmap he has made.
16:30- 17:00 Short introduction on the history of “ de Burcht”
17:00 Evening: Drinks and dinner reception
09:45- 10:30: Session 4: Practical entrepreneurship in
Mrs. Dr. Toe Nadir Tin will share her experiences doing business in
over the last 35 years. She will discuss what the reforms have meant for practical entrepreneurship Burma
11:00-11:45: Session 5: Investment opportunities
Mr. Bernard Pe-Win will talk about the opportunities for investment in
from an insider’s perspective. He will give examples of what is possible, and will also pay attention to possible setbacks. Burma
11:45- 12:15: Discussion
12:15- 13:00: Closing session – wrap up of the conference
Ms Sue Mark will summarize what has been shared during conference and will draw conclusions and point out what issues need to be addresses further.
Mr. Hans Terhurne will share the mindmap he has made during the conference.
13:00- 14:00: Lunch
This conference is made possible through the support of: Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD); Oxfam-Novib; FNV mondiaal en NL Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Please note that the conference will be held under
House rules. Chatham
On the speakers:
Agnes studied Social and Economic History at the university
. She has been working with Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV) since 1987, being its president from 2005 till 2012. She is vice chairwoman for the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and is actively involved in the Committee on Human and Trade Union Rights of ITUC. Utrecht
Bernard Pe-Win is a Burmese born British citizen. He spent many years in the
UK, Australia and South East Asia. After an absence of thirty years, he returned to Burma in 1990 to re-develop the famous Strand Hotel, The Savoy and several other properties in Yangon. He is currently CEO of Wah Seong Boustead Co. Ltd., whose constituent shareholders are two public-listed companies quoted on the KL Stock Exchange. He holds several directorships in companies related to investment holding, engineering and the energy sector. He served as Vice President Asia & Pacific for American Express with which he was involved for more than two decades. Since 1990 Bernard has participated in international forums and the media, speaking on ’s economy and politics. He has strong views in favor of engagement as a way forward to resolve issues in Burma and its development. Burma
Donna Guest has worked on human rights in
South East Asia for over 20 years. Most recently, she served as Amnesty's deputy director for South East Asia and the Pacific. In May 2012, Donna facilitated and led Amnesty's first mission to since 2003. From August 2012 onwards, Donna had joined the institute for Human Rights and Business, a Myanmar based centre of expertise on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards. For IHRB, she will lead the developing programme in London as well as outreach and advocacy with governments, companies and civil society throughout the region. Burma
Khin Zaw Win
Khin Zaw Win served under the Department of Health at Taunggyi and
. He was a consultant for Unicef, and holds a masters in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore. From 1994 till July 2005 he was a prisoner of conscience for "seditious writings" and human rights work. At present he is the director of Tampadipa Institute, which builds capacity for civil society organizations around the country and does policy advocacy. Yangon General Hospital
SiuSue Mark (facilitator)
After receiving her Masters of International Affairs from
ten years ago, Sue embarked on a career in international development. Having worked in Columbia University Myanmar for over four years, she has developed broad understanding of development dynamics in , through work with development agencies, civil society groups, business & government. Currently as the Research & Development Advisor for Pyoe Pin Programme (a DFID/SIDA governance initiative), she is managing research in a number of new market-based economic development initiatives, among them land tenure security, industrial development, and local governance initiatives in ethnic states She also designs and implements initiatives aimed at civil society strengthening. To facilitate her communication across cultures, Sue speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese, and Spanish. She is also conversational in Burmese. Myanmar
Toe Nandar Tin
Toe Nandar Tin has been the Chairperson of Anawa Devi Fishing & General Trading Cooperative Ltd. since 1977. She has 35 years of experience with deep sea fishing, hatchery, fish culture and is at present processing fishery products. She is also CEC of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation, treasurer of the Myanmar Processors and Exporters Association, Vice Chairperson of the Eel Entrepreneur Association, treasurer of Yangon Division Fisheries Federation and advisor to the Myanmar Shrimp Farmer Association. Toe Nandar Tin is also on the Board of directors of the Central Cooperative Society. She obtained a PhD in zoology and is actively speaking out for development in the fishery sector, which is on decline due to the global crisis.
U Ye Tun
U Ye Tun studied from 1971 -1973 at
Taunggyi College, . Before he graduated he took part in the armed struggle led by the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) against Ne Win’s government. Shan State
In 1989, when the CPB fell, he surrendered to the military government. Between 1991 - 1994 he set up Lucky Dragon, a company that sent logs to
Hong Kong. Between 1995 and 2010 he had a Poultry - Broiler farm in Hsipaw town. He became a member of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) and won the Parliament (Pyithu Hluttaw) seat for the Hsipaw constituency in 2010 election.
He is serving as an active member of Sport, Culture and People’s Relations in the developing Committee of Pyithu Hluttaw.