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Myths and Risks of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement

As the signing of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) draws near, concerns over the secrecy surrounding the agreement’s negotiations and the risks it poses abound, alongside many myths about its potential benefits.Myanmar is in the early days of democratization, with many laws and policies from the country’s military era in need of reform. Myanmar faces formidable challenges to build regulatory frameworks – not least in relation to the ownership and revenue sharing of natural resources in various ethnic areas, to the protection of human and labour rights and the environment.The peace process to end the 68-year old civil war is slow, with military offensives by the national army against ethnic armed groups ongoing in Kachin and Shan States, resulting in abuses against civilians and massive displacement. Achieving a lasting peace will involve moving towards a more federal system for which many new policies and laws will have to be introduced.This paper argues that the benefits of the IPA are highly overstated, and the risks seriously underestimated.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics Investment
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Myanmar
Copyright To be determined
Version / Edition 1.0
License unspecified
Author (individual) Cecilia Olivet
Author (corporate) TNI
Co-author (individual) Pietje Vervest
Co-author (coorporate) TNI
Publication date 2017
Keywords Bilateral Investment Treaty,IPA,EU,Investment Protection Agreement
Date uploaded June 13, 2018, 14:35 (UTC)
Date modified May 19, 2021, 04:39 (UTC)