Myanmar reforms commission to probe into copper mining project

December 4, 2012 12:45 am 

YANGON, Dec. 3 — Myanmar reformed its copper mining project investigation commission Monday with 16 members replacing the 30-member commission originally formed on last Saturday, according to a revised order of the President's Office.

However, the reformed commission, which is tasked to probe into Letpadaungtaung copper mine project being implemented in Monywa, northwestern Sagaing region, is still led by Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Lower House's Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility.

The commission is set up to investigate into if the copper project is carried out in line with the international norms and employ appropriate technology for environmental conservation, the impacts and profits of the project on social and natural environment, if the project is profitable for the state and the people and if the copper mine project should be allowed to continue or not, the order said.

The commission is set to submit the investigation report to the president before Jan. 31, 2013 instead of Dec. 31, 2012, the order added.

The project is being developed by a joint venture between Myanmar and Chinese companies in accordance with Myanmar's Foreign Investment Law. (PNA/Xinhua)

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