CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

East Asia & the Pacific

Myanmar / Myanma Awba Group Company Ltd.-01/Myanmar

Local protesting group to the Myanma Awba Chemical Pharmaceutical Factory
Date Filed
October 04, 2017
Water, community health, community consultation/stakeholder engagement, information disclosure, compliance with IFC Performance Standards
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman


Project Overview

IFC has an active project with Myanma Awba Group Company Ltd., a group of companies in Myanmar focused on development in the agricultural sector. IFC is committing a USD$ 10 million Convertible C Loan for the expansion of Awba’s core business, including the construction of additional fertilizer’ warehouse storage facilities and fertilizer distribution stations, the acquisition of a second chemical license for Myanma Awba Group’ in order to construct a new agro- chemical formulation plant in an industrial zone  next to the existing Government Hmawbi pesticide factory,  equipment  (bottling  and  packaging  machinery),  warehouse  storage facilities and working capital (ESRS).



The complaint was submitted to CAO by a local individual on behalf of himself and a local protesting group living in the vicinity of Awba’s new agro-chemical plant. The complaint raises concerns about the impact of the project on local water sources, including creeks and artisanal wells, lack of consultation with local communities prior to and during the construction of the factory, and lack of information disclosure regarding the project. Additionally, the complaint questions the project permitting process and compliance with IFC policies and standards.  The complaint also raises concerns regarding health impacts on local community members who worked in the existing Government pesticide factory adjacent to the company’s newly constructed plant.


CAO Action

CAO found the complaint eligible for further assessment in November 2017, and initiated its assessment. During CAO’s assessment of the complaint, the parties agreed to engage in a dialogue process to address the issues.  The CAO Assessment Report is available in English and Burmese under “View Documents” below.



A dispute resolution process is ongoing.


Status as of May 17, 2019


Project information

Project Name & Number
Myanma Awaba Group Company Ltd. 35880
Myanma Awaba Group Co. Ltd.
XX - Other
East Asia & the Pacific
Environmental Category
USD$ 10 million Convertible C Loan

Case Tracker


  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: Completed
  • Facilitating Settlement: In Process