The New Framework for Land Acquisition in Myanmar

December 11, 2019 - 8:30am-12:00pm
Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, Yangon

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The New Framework for Land Acquisition in Myanmar
11th December 2019
Pan Pacific Hotel, Yangon

The brand new law on the Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Rehabilitation is poised to drastically reform the way land can be released by the government for public purposes such as infrastructure projects. How has the process been reformed? Which new institutions are created and what do they do? How can project affected persons object, and when? Who has the last word on the compensation paid? In this unique briefing, we do not offer a legal analysis but rather a practical examination of the new rules. Based on our experience assisting land acquisitions and transfers on the ground, how do our experts think their law will impact projects?


  • Who determines the compensation and how?
  • How is the process supposed to work under the new law?
  • When are the public announcements made?
  • Who can start a land acquisition process? The government or the company?
  • Voluntary transfer of compulsory acquisition: what is best?
  • What happens if project affected person refuse the offer?
  • Do you need to convert first and acquire second, or the other way around?
  • Can the courts get involved under the new law?
  • How does the new law compare with the World Bank performance standard No.5?


  Time Topic
  8.30am – 9.00am Registration
1 9.00am – 9.20am

How does the land acquisition process work? Theory v. Practice, 1894 v. 2019.

  • Comparing the process
  • How do the agencies involved change?
  • What about voluntary transfers?
2 9.20am – 9.50am Hot issues in Myanmar Land acquisition compared to past

  • Who is eligible for compensation? Does Myanmar Law have the same standards as PS5?
  • Who determines the compensation?
  • Calculating the compensation: comparing Myanmar Law with international standards
  • When should the cut-off date be? Differences between Myanmar Law and PS5?
  • Compensation in the form of other land: compulsory or up to negotiation?
3 9.50am – 10.00am Break
4 10.00am – 10.20am PS5 and Good International Practices
Presented by IFC
5 10.20am – 11.00am Case study: Example of how to carry out a land acquisition strategy. (Actual case example)
6 11.00am – 12.00pm Panel Discussion: Does the new law make Land Acquisition smoother, or more difficult?
Panelists to be announced…


  • Mr. Edwin Vanderbruggen
    Senior Partner, VDB Loi
  • Dr. Eva Rossi
    Environmental and Social Development Specialist, IFC
  • Mr. Marc Maung
    Manager, VDB Loi


  • Mr. Edwin Vanderbruggen
    Senior Partner, VDB Loi


  • Mr. Myo Min Htun
    Assistant Director at the General Administration Department, Ministry of Union Government Office, Shan State Government
  • Ms. Vicky Bowman
    Director at Myanmar Center for responsible Business
  • Ms. Thyn Zar Oo
    Co-Founder & Program Director, Public Legal Aid Network (The PLAN)


Attendance at this workshop is free for VDB Loi clients. 30,000 kyats will be charged at the event to non-clients. Seats are limited and confirmation will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place, please click on Register button under Event Details or contact Thiha Zaw ( ), +95 9 773 788 813, +951 925 3752~756.

VDB Loi is a network of leading law and tax advisory firms with offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Our general areas of practice are corporate, finance, licensing and disputes.
Our principal specialized areas of practice are energy, infrastructure, real estate and construction , telecom and taxation.


11th December 2019

8.30am to 12.00pm

Pan Pacific Hotel, Yangon

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