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Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) is an independent non-governmental community based organization. AOW aims to protect and promote human rights and environmental abuses that result from multinational oil and gas companies in Arakan State and other parts of Burma.

AOW educates and mobilizes affected communities on the issues of resource extraction and local people rights develop and promote oil and gas revenue transparency standards, and conduct international advocacy. AOW is an active member of the Oilwatch Southeast Asia. AOW publishes the quartely Shwe Gas Bulletin, a newsletter covering the latest developments in Burma’s oil and natural gas industry and its impacts on people livelihoods and environment.

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Library Resource
Rapports et recherches
mars, 2012

Burma is rich in natural resources. Exports of natural gas
alone amount to approximately US$2.5 billion in annual
revenues, and these are expected to increase by 60% as
three additional production blocks come on line as early as
next year. Yet despite this enormous wealth, Burma is one
of the poorest countries in the world.
A lack of transparency around revenues from the sale of oil,
gas and other natural resources, a lack of an accountable
system to manage revenues, and a lack of equitable benefit

Library Resource
Rapports et recherches
mars, 2012

Executive Summary: "Burma is rich in natural resources, particularly natural gas and oil. Yet instead of using these resources for the country’s development through industry and job growth, military leaders have been exporting them for over a decade. This has generated huge revenue flows, but a lack of transparency and mismanagement of these revenues has left Burma with some of the worse development indicators in the world, creating a resource curse. Sales revenues of natural gas exports alone amounted to US$ 2.5 billion in 2010-11.

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