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Sharing the Wealth: A Roadmap for Distributing Myanmar’s Natural Resource Revenues

By Natural Resource Governance Institute  •  February 16, 2016

Jade in MyanmarOil, natural gas and mineral revenues are generated in nearly every state and region in Myanmar, with the most important onshore interests lying in Bago, Kachin, Magway, Mandalay, Sagaing, Shan and Tanintharyi. In these areas and others, extractive activities have significantly impacted livelihoods and the local environment. Populations in affected areas also assert a lack of direct benefits from the extractive industry.

In response, the newly elected National League for Democracy (NLD) has committed to “work to ensure a fair distribution across the country of the profits from natural resource extraction, in accordance with the principles of a federal union.” Furthermore, regional and state leaders and several ethnic armed groups have pointed to natural resource revenue sharing as a key component in national reform, fiscal decentralization and peace processes. As such, distribution of natural resource revenues to subnational authorities will be a central component of any decentralization effort and could even feature in discussions around the creation of a new Myanmar federation.

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