CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

East Asia & the Pacific

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

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

Synopsis

Complaint

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 has begun an assessment of the complaint.

 

Status

An assessment of the complaint is underway.

 

Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints.  Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

 

Status as of February 1, 2018

 

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Myanma Awaba Group Company Ltd. 35880
Department
Agribusiness
Company
Myanma Awaba Group Co. Ltd.
Sector
XX - Other
Region
East Asia & the Pacific
Country
Myanmar
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
USD$ 10 million Convertible C Loan

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance