On November 22, 2017, Working Together to Tackle Illicit Trade Conference was done in Nay Pyi Taw. The conference was featured international experts, best practices, research findings and a multi-ministry round-table.
In his opening remarks, Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win said, “The Ministry of Planning and Finance is cooperating with the relevant ministries to tackle illicit trade in order to protect local business entrepreneurs who register their business and comply with tax laws, to create fair competition in the market and reduce inflation. Knowledge sharing such as international best practices in combatting illicit trade, recording illicit trade by international research firms, and finding ways to solve illicit trade by neighboring countries will be discussed at this conference. Illicit trade is a critical issue and it threatens many areas such as food safety, local production, and the sustainable development of economic policies.”
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Myanmar, Wouter Jurgens, said in his opening remarks, “Illicit trade is a topic that we take seriously since it affects many sectors in which Dutch businesses operate in in Myanmar. Likewise, it is an issue that affects the people and economy of Myanmar. We believe a level playing field in which everybody abides by the rules and regulations is essential for trade and investment in Myanmar. I am pleased to be here today and see how the public and private sector are coming together, with the support of international experts and best practices so help find solutions to this complex topic.”
Acting Executive Director of EuroCham Myanmar, Marc de la Fouchardiere said, “Illicit trade related issues are a concern for many of EuroCham Myanmar members. As a cross-sectoral issue, this topic not only touches EU companies doing business in Myanmar but also potential EU investors. In an effort to build an open and sustainable business climate in Myanmar in cooperation with the Union government, EuroCham Myanmar strongly support the public and private sector working together to find solutions.”
A spokesperson of the Brewers Association of Myanmar commented, “Local beer producers last year paid 150 billion kyats in Special Goods Tax and are proud to invest and provide jobs in Myanmar. Illicit trade is not only one of the greatest challenges our industry faces, but is a key concern for consumer safety and the economic development of Myanmar. We are grateful that the Ministry of Planning and Finance has brought together the public and private sector, with international experts and stakeholders, to help raise awareness and support their increasing enforcement efforts to tackle illicit trade.”
Michael Norgaard Jensen - Managing Director, from Myanmar Carlsberg Co., Ltd made the closing remarks on behalf of the Brewers Association of Myanmar. During the conference, delegates from 5 ministries made suggestions to tackle illicit trade.