12 Apr The importance of CSR
Ms Vicky Bowman has been the director of Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) since July 2013. Before that she led global mining company Rio Tinto's policy approach to transparency, human rights and resource nationalism/resource curse issues from 2011. A former diplomat, she was Britain’s ambassador to Myanmar from 2002 to 2006. Since her first posting in Yangon, as second secretary in the British embassy from 1990 to 1993, she has been actively engaged in the debate about whether companies can operate responsibly, including in high human rights risk countries such as Myanmar, and whether their continued presence can have a positive effect.
Five months ago, EU ambassador Roland Kobia arrived in Myanmar to open the EU delegation office. Since then, Mr Kobia has been confronted with the Rakhine strife, a stalling peace process and a problematic census. Mizzima’s Hans Hulst sat down with Mr Kobia to discuss the EU’s agenda in Myanmar and the challenges ahead.
20 Feb Pop Scholar
An overview of the Myanmar pop business
Heather MacLachlan is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Dayton in the United States and the author of Burma's Pop Music Industry – the first book to be written about Myanmar’s pop scene business. She spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly about some of her most interesting findings, as well as what’s changed since her book was published in 2011.
20 Feb Glam Rocker
Myanmar’s Lady Gaga and her struggles with piracy, censorship
Making music is seldom a good way to make money. For budding pop musicians in Myanmar, making it big, and earning a living, is tough for a host of reasons. Creativity to attract a host of fans is the key challenge. You’ve got to have it to make it. But even if you do make a name for yourself, this does not automatically result in a living wage or enough income to devote all your time to your music.