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The multistakeholder roundtable was co-sponsored by the governments of Switzerland and New Zealand.
 
Food Safety & Responsible Sourcing in Myanmar
 
MCRB co-hosted a multistakeholder roundtable in Naypyidaw on 8/9 November to discuss how Myanmar could enhance food safety and responsible sourcing in primary agricultural production, post-harvest, and food processing.  International experts working with PRIME Agri explained how using global certification standards for responsible sourcing such as  FSSC22000 and GlobalGAP will enable Myanmar to access new markets for agriculture and food exports. Workshop presentations are available.
 
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Children's Rights and Business in Myanmar
 
Forthcoming consultation on children’s rights and business
 
MCRB is working on a new Briefing Paper – “Children’s Rights and Responsible Business in Myanmar”, intended to provide guidance for business and others based on the UNICEF/Save the Children/Global Compact Children’s Rights and Business Principles.   A consultation will be held on 6 December 2016 in Yangon. If you are interested in making an input, please contact monica.sumyatnwe@myanmar-responsiblebusiness.org.
 
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Aung Kyaw Soe, MCRB's Extractives Programme Manager, presented findings from the Mining SWIA.
 
Findings from the Mining Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) presented in Geneva and KL
 
Aung Kyaw Soe, MCRB's Extractives Programme Manager, presented findings from the Sector-Wide Impact Assessment (SWIA) of Mining in Myanmar and its main recommendations to the Asia Pacific Mineral Resource Exhibition and Conference (APMREC) 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10-12 November, as well as at the 5th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.   The SWIA will be published in December.
 
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This presentation sets out specific reforms needed to address weaknesses in the protection of the right to freedom of expression and privacy in existing and proposed laws.
 
Protection of Freedom of Speech and Privacy – Amending the Telecoms Law
 
MCRB has been working with other civil society organisations, to address weaknesses in legal protections of the right to freedom of expression and privacy as highlighted in MCRB’s 2015 ICT Sector-Wide Impact Assessment. Of particular concern are provisions in the existing 2013 Telecommunications Law, such as Section 66(d). Furthermore, the proposed Citizens’ Privacy and Security Protection Law lacks appropriate provisions relating to court and parliamentary oversight. 
 
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We say NO to Plastic Bottles
 
Our Think Tank Thinks Jug: “No” to plastic bottles at MCRB workshops
 
MCRB is always looking for ways to reduce its use of resources, in particular electricity, water, fuel, plastic and paper. The centre has recently adopted a “no plastic bottles” policy at MCRB events and co-hosted events. We now asking hotels/venues not to provide plastic bottled water or sachets for coffee, milk powder or sugar. In the past 5 months, MCRB has avoided using around 1000 plastic 500ml bottles. Join us and ask for jugs!
 
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Inga Makusheva
 
MCRB’s New Programme Manager
 
Inga Makusheva has joined MCRB as Programme Manager.  She moved to Myanmar in 2003 to study Burmese at Yangon University, and subsequently worked in tourism, mineral and oil exploration, giving her an in-depth understanding of Myanmar’s business and socio-economic environment. Prior to joining MCRB, Inga worked for a regional legal and tax advisory VDB Loi’s Nay Pyi Taw office. Inga holds a master’s degree in International Law from University of London and speaks English, Burmese and Kiswahili in addition to her native Lithuanian and Russian. Welcome Inga!
 
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Job Opportunities
 
We are Recruiting! Programme Associate for Extractives
 
We are seeking a Programme Associate to support the Extractives Programme Manager to develop activities to promote responsible business practices in extractives sectors with business, civil society and government stakeholders, with a particular focus on cross-cutting issues such as Environment, Land, Labour, Women and Children, Community Engagement, Consultation, Grievances Mechanism, Benefit Sharing.
 
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