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Invitation to Tender Thanlyin Refinery Joint Venture Project

The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Ministry of Energy
Invitation to Tender
Thanlyin Refinery Joint Venture Project (TRJVP)
Tender No. (1-TRJVP/2014-2015)


The Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise (MPE), a State-owned Enterprise of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, operating under the Ministry of Energy, announces an Invitation to Tender for the Thanlyin Refinery Joint Venture Project (TRJVP). The purpose of the TRJVP, which will be licensed under the Foreign Investment law, is to operate and carry out the rehabilitation of No. 1 Refinery (Thanlyin) to improve its production capacity. In addition, the TRJVP will undertake the importation, distribution and storage of a wide range of petroleum products.

All interested eligible parties are cordially invited to lodge a submission in accordance with the tender documents.

  1. The documentation related to the TRJVP (“the Tender Documents” as further detailed below) can be purchased by any interested parties starting 14th July 2014 upon submission of evidence of payment of a non-refundable fee of 3,000,000 Kyats (Three Millions Kyats) to MPE. The detailed payment information is available in the Ministry of Energy‘s website (
    Any question in relation to the payment of the non-refundable fee can be sent to email address below.
  2. The Tender Documents comprise the following:

a)      General Rules and Requirements

b)      Invitation to Tender

c)      Proposed Joint Venture Agreement

d)     Proposed Land Lease Agreement

e)      Information Memorandum including selected detailed financial/operating/importing information with respect to No. 1 Refinery (Thanlyin)

  1. Eligibility information is also available on the wabsite of the Ministry of Energy.
  2. Eligible applicants shall submit the proposal in response to the tender and in accordance with the specifications set forth in the tender documents to the following address no later than 13th October 2014 at 12:00 noon; Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise, Building No 44, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
  3. There will be opportunity for applicants to perform due diligence and seek written clarification in relation to the TRJVP from 14th July until 12th September 2014.
  4. For more information, please contact the following address;

Managing Director

Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise

Ministry of Energy

Building No. 44, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Fax: +95 67 411124, +95 67 411126

7.   Late inquiries or inquiries via telephone will not be answered.

 Additional Information for Website Announcement

 Detailed Payment Information

             The tender documents could be purchased starting 14th July 2014 by interested parties upon submission of evidence of payment of non-refundable fee of 3,000,000 Kyats (Three Million Kyat) by P.O. cheque with the name of MPE issued by Myanma Economic Bank (3), Yangon or Myanmar Economic Bank, Nay Pyi Taw.

             The proposal shall be submitted along with the receipt of tender fee.

 Eligibility Criterion

 To be eligible to submit a proposal, an applicant shall be a company or a corporation or a consortium, and must be involved in (a) and (b) of the following core business:

 (a)                The applicant has had, for at least three consecutive years, a direct or indirect interest of at least 50.1% and management control of, refinery(s) with a total production of at least 500,000 barrels per day (BPD) as at 31 December 2010; and

(b)               The applicant has had, for at least three consecutive years, a direct or indirect ownership interest of at least 50.1% and management control of a business or a division engaged in the important of crude oil, and/or the importation, sales and distribution of petroleum products, which meets the following specification.

  • The importation of crude oil and/or, importation, sales and distribution of petroleum products started operations no later than 31 December 2010; and
  • The business had importation of crude oil and/or importation, sales and distribution volume of petroleum products of at least 20 MM barrels per annum for the last 3 years.
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Press Release

Press Release

 Myanmar sets the promotion and protection of human rights of its people as one of her priorities while dramatically and speedily undertaking the reforms on the political, socio-economic, administrative fronts and on enhancing the role of private sector. It was in line with this priority that the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar invited Ms. Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar to the country. Accordingly, she made a 10-day trip from 16 to 26July 2014 as her first ever visit to Myanmar.

The Government of Myanmar has fully facilitated and arranged for places and persons Ms. Yanghee Lee wanted to visit and meet. As such, she visited Yangon, Sittwe, Maungdaw, Bhamo, Myikyina, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw as requested. She met with Union Ministers, government senior officials, members of Union Election Commission, Amyotha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw Committees, Parliamentary Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission and Chairman of Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee Daw Aung San Su Kyi. She also had meetings with Interfaith Friendship Group of Myanmar, Interfaith Dialogue Group, Civil Society, media persons, Lawyers, the 88 Generation Student Group, released prisoners of conscience, prisoners as requested by her, Diplomatic Corps, United Nations Country Team and Humanitarian Country Team.

In the press conference at the conclusion of her visit, she expressed her recognition and applause for the progress in sweeping and far-reaching reforms dramatically achieved in the landscape of political, economic, social and human rights in Myanmar. At the same time, she also expressed her observations and recommendations on various issues including the need to check and prevent the possible backtracking signs, the use of the judicial system and law to criminalize and impede the activities of civil society and media, the necessity for the enjoyment of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly of Myanmar democracy in the run-up to the 2015 elections and the need to review and amend the outdated laws and to withdraw the bills related to race and religion.

It is a prerequisite and essential to maintain peace and rule of law in the country while Myanmar is moving its reform agenda towards a democratic society. In this process, it is necessary to take legal action against any persons who violate any existing domestic laws. No action is taken against anyone who simply exercises his orher rights to freedom in accordance with the existing law. There is also no exception for Media Freedom. But whosoever violates the existing laws, will be penalized according the laws of the land.

At the same time, Myanmar is amending outdated laws and drafting new ones in fine with the State Constitution, Wing into consideration of the public aspiration, and to serve the interests of its people. In this respect, transparency is prioritized and fully exercised but also the desire of people is emphasized.

In the existing 1982 Citizenship Law, it has been clearly mentioned that nationals such as Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine, Shan and ethnic groups who settled in any of the territories included in the State as their permanent home from a period prior to the year 1823 are Myanmar citizens. Myanmar does not accept and recognize the term ‘Rohingya’ which has never existed in the country’s history. The question of citizenship will be settled in accord with the 1982 Citizenship law.

          As Myanmar is sparing no efforts in building a democratic society with the people-centered policy, the people of Myanmar, enjoying their democratic rights, are also joining their hands with the Government. In the meantime, accountability and responsibility should be progressively developed and matured in proportion so that the goal of democratic society will be achieved smoothly and peacefully. Myanmar has determined to continue to march unwaveringly towards this goal and to conquer any difficulties and challenges on the path.

          The international community should be in a position to see and understand the difficulties and challenges which a young democratic State has to face and overcome. The situation on the ground in Myanmar should also be viewed in a balanced and objective manner. It is also necessary to constructively support Myanmar’s reform process momentum particularly on further promoting and protecting human rights for its people.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nay Pyi Taw

Dated: 31 July 2014

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President U Thein Sein delivered speech through radio programmes to the entire people


Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Aug

The following is the full text of the monthly radio message delivered by President U Thein Sein.

My fellow citizens,

In this radio speech, I would like to give you the monthly update on the work of my government, and the developments that have taken place in our country. We welcome the July meetings of the armed ethnic groups in Laiza, Kachin State to discuss the nationwide ceasefire agreement.  Our government providednecessary assistance for these meetings. The Union Peace Working Committee, program committees, and all the citizens are expecting positive results from these meetings will lead to agreements to ensure the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement and holding of inclusive political dialogue will produce enduring internal peace.

Currently, we face many difficulties and challenges to sustain the reform process. The one area where there is general consensus among different political groups is for the continued sustainability of the reform process and the nurturing of a democratic system. It is undeniable that since my government took office we have resolutely implemented reforms. It is also true that during the three plus years since my government took office, we have faced criticism and encountered constraints. I speak with conviction that I have tried to find solutions to  these  difficulties  with  good  intentions  and  with  the desires of the people in mind. Every transition from an old system to a new one will encounter constraints and challenges.

I am facing my criticisms not with the ideas of the old system but striving to find constructive answers that are in line with the current political climate.

If we look at where our nation wants to be in the future, we are still behind in many measures. Addressing the weaknesses requires the efforts of not just an individual or group but of the whole society. I have already spoken of my government taking stern action against anyone threatening the nation’s stability.

 In this regard, we are taking action against those who took advantage of fabricated stories to incite the recent violence in Mandalay. On behalf of the entire nation, I would like to convey my appreciation to everyone who vigilantly and dutifully maintained peace in Mandalay.

I had a very cordial meeting with members of dance, music and motion picture associations on July 12. On the basis of the feedbacks I received from them, the government will provide both immediate and long term assistance to these associations in promoting the performing arts sector. Artists are jewel of the country. I would like thank them for the contribution they have made to the development and nation-building activities. July 19th of this year was the 67th Martyrs’ Day this nation has commemorated in remembrance of the assassinations of the Father of Independence Bogyoke Aung San and other martyrs. In addition to showing our sorrow, we can repay their sacrifices by following their example. The Martyrs’ Day ceremonies give us an opportunity to honor the nine martyrs and to salute their selfless sacrifice. If we look at the martyrs’ backgrounds, we see that they held different political persuasions, and were of different ethnicities, and religions.

However, despite their differences they all shared a common belief of selfless sacrifice for the benefit of the nation and its people. We must all strive to keep this spirit alive, and unite and cooperate in the implementation of the peace process and democratic process.

In July, we drafted the Action Plan for Comprehensive Strategy for Stability and Development of Rakhine State in consultation with civil organizations, government departments, and development organizations. The Action  Plan  will  be  finalized  soon.  I believe  the  successful implementation of the Action Plan will improve the livelihoods of the people of Rakhine State. But the Action Plan will only succeed with the cooperation of the government, civil organizations, community leaders, and international organizations. The government will provide necessary assistance to all the groups involved with the implementation of the Action Plan, and I also urge people of Rakhine State to act with foresight for the stability and development of the state. Currently, we are encountering challenges developing the 3-branches system of government, that is, judicial branch, executive branch, and legislative branch based on the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.

During this process, it is essential we act to transition to a judicial system that protects civil liberties, transition to people-based democratic governance, and developing legislatures. Although every civil servant involved in this process is trying his or her best, it is undeniable that there are delays and weaknesses.

On this point, I would like to stress the need for civil servants to complete their tasks efficiently without negligence or finding reasons to delay. I also urge citizens to consider these efforts a national duty and give their cooperation.

The current situation is by no means perfect. However, this is the time for all of us to join efforts to ensure the reform process that all of us have nurtured and value stays on course.

In conclusion, I would like to inform you that I continue to strive for achieving internal peace, improving livelihoods, and ensuring a brighter future for our children.

I wish you all good health.

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U Aung Khin Soe presents his Credentials to Iranian President

Nay Pyi Taw, 1 Aug—U Aung Khin Soe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the Islamic Republic of Iran, presented his Credentials to His Excellency Dr Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on 22 July 2014 in Teheran.—MNA

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