Myanmar’s New Law and Process for Compulsory Land Acquisition: What PPP Project Developers Need to KnowFebruary 27, 2020
After decades of highly controversial land acquisitions for public purposes, Myanmar turns a new page by passing the Land Acquisition, Resettlement, and Rehabilitation Law 2019 (Law no. 24/2019, referred to herein as the “LARR 2019”).
Highlights of this note
- How does the new process work?
- The proposal required for starting the land acquisition process has much more depth
- There is more room for objections by project-affected people under the LARR 2019
- The new legal framework says nothing about negotiated, voluntary transactions, which are the vast majority of land acquisitions for infrastructure projects
- The problem with farmland conversions
- Who is entitled to compensation for land and buildings or for damages?
- What about the cut-off date?
- Who determines the compensation?
- How much is the compensation for land and structures?
- Can you compensate in kind, by offering other land?
- What happens with objections and refusals?
- Is the new law already in force?