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The First Environmental Compliance Certificates: What Are the Key Things to Know for Developers and Lenders?

In 2018, we saw the issuance some first Environmental Compliance Certificates (“ECC”). In this practical session, we will discuss what challenges are faced by projects undergoing the environmental impact assessment (“EIA”) process, how to manage these challenges, and other tips related to the EIA process.


  • How does an actual ECC look like?
  • Which environmental conditions are imposed on project activities in the ECC?
  • Are public consultations a legal requirement?
  • Can you start preparation or construction without the ECC?
  • From EIA to ECC: process and actors
  • Who can oppose an ECC being issued and how can that be resolved?
  • Can an ECC be transferred?


8.30am – 9.00amRegistration and coffee
19.00am – 9.10amSnapshot of Environmental Laws, Rules, and Regulations in Myanmar
29.10am – 9.30amECC: What is it and how does it look like?
39.30am – 10.00amFrom EIA to ECC:
Steps in the Process
410.00am – 10.15amBreak
510.15am – 10.45amECC Trouble Shooting:
How to deal with delays, gaps with IFC Performance Standards, and Social Objections
610.45am – 11.00amBreak
711.00am – 11.40amPanel Discussion


Edwin Vanderbruggen
Senior Partner

Edwin is the senior partner of VDB Loi and a leading foreign legal advisor living in Myanmar since 2012. A frequent advisor to the Government on transactions and privatizations in energy, transportation and telecom, he is widely recognized for his “vast knowledge” (Legal 500) and his ability “to get difficult things through the bureaucracy ” (Chambers, 2016). He advises international financial institutions on their largest Myanmar transactions, oil and gas supermajors, a greenfield multi- billion US$ telecom project and the Japanese Government on the Thilawa SEZ. He assisted two newly licensed foreign banks setup in Myanmar, acted for the sponsor of an 800MUS$ urban infrastructure PPP project and worked on 6 out of 7 power deals inked in 2016.


Kate Lazarus
Senior Operations Officer
Environmental and Social Advisory Environment, Social and Governance, International Finance Corporation
Tamara Makaryan
Country Manager
Pacific Hunt Energy
Maxim Kobzev
Becky Summons
Senior Consultant
Environmental Resources Management

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June 28, 2019
Pan Pacific Hotel