An activist places cutouts on the ground in Mahabandoola Park in Yangon on August 8, 2016 to mark the 28th anniversary of a general strike, one of the key events of the 1988 uprising. (AFP)
Former BBC journalist Christopher Gunness played a key role in sparking the 1988 uprising, and hopes that those bearing mental and physical wounds inflicted under junta rule will eventually be able to find closure.
Former BBC journalist Christopher Gunness played a key role in sparking the 1988 uprising, and hopes that those bearing mental and physical wounds inflicted under junta rule will eventually be able to find closure.
Edwin Vanderbruggen has spent the last five years in Myanmar as legal advisor to some of the biggest players in the oil and gas, energy and telecoms sectors. A partner in the VDB Loi network of law firms, he helped to facilitate the ground-breaking joint-venture agreement in September between Myanma Petroleum Products Enterprise and Singapore-based multinational Puma Energy, for jet fuel distribution. Mr Vanderbruggen spoke with Frontier about the challenges of privatisation in Myanmar and how government officials are learning to do business in the global market.
The Great Hor Kham Public Company is one of first companies to be listed on the Yangon Stock Exchange, which opened on December 9. The company, based at Muse in Shan State, was established on December 12, 2012, and its nine-member board of directors are all ethnic Shan who have been friends since university, said the company’s managing director, Sai Ohn Myint. Great Hor Kham Public Company has 500 shareholders. Frontier asked Sai Ohn Myint about his company’s activities and the decision to list on the stock market.

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