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Myanmar’s Economic Future Hinges on Reforming State-Owned Enterprises

By Andrew Bauer and Arkar Hein

This commentary first appeared as an op-ed in The Myanmar Times on 16 July 2018.

State-owned enterprises (SOEs) play dominant roles in Myanmar’s economy. Collectively, they generate about half the government’s revenue, spend half the government’s budget, and regulate…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on July 16, 2018 at 12:52 — No Comments

How Good are Sovereign Wealth Funds at Investing Money Made from Natural Resources?

Governments around the world held about USD 3.7 trillion in oil, gas and mineral wealth in sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) at the end of 2016. There are many reasons why they have saved so much money. Some, like the…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on June 14, 2018 at 0:00 — No Comments

How “Premature Funds” Can Leave Countries Poorer

by Andrew Bauer and David Mihalyi (Natural Resource Governance Institute)

Countries rich in oil and minerals commonly use sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) to store a share of their natural resource wealth. Examples include Chile, Kuwait, Norway, Texas (U.S.), Timor-Leste, and more than 50 other countries. These funds have been used to decrease budget volatility, save for future generations, or earmark financial earnings for education or infrastructure…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on January 21, 2018 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Making Natural Resource Revenue Sharing Work

Andrew Bauer, Uyanga Gankhuyag and Sofi Halling

This blog refers to a new report which can be accessed at these two webpages: NRGI and UNDP

Despite a peace…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on September 9, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Sharing the Wealth: A Roadmap for Distributing Myanmar's Natural Resource Revenues

Myanmar's central government collects much of the billions of dollars generated by oilgas, …

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Added by Andrew Bauer on February 15, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Could Natural Resource Revenue Sharing Help Secure Peace in Myanmar?

by Andrew Bauer and Maw Htun Aung  ~  13:32, 27 August 2015

On 8 November, Myanmar will vote for a new government. Much is at stake.

Many …

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Added by Andrew Bauer on August 28, 2015 at 16:46 — No Comments

Why Weren't Governments Better Prepared for the Commodity Price Crash?

For interactive data tools, charts and the full article, please visit: http://www.resourcegovernance.org/news/blog/why-werent-governments-better-prepared-commodity-price-crash

by Andrew Bauer, NRGI Senior Economic Analyst, and David Mihalyi, NRGI Economic Analyst

Headlines about resource-rich economies faltering…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on July 5, 2015 at 18:27 — No Comments

Six Reasons Why Sovereign Wealth Funds Should Not Invest or Spend at Home

Developing, capital-scarce countries need domestic investment. Governments in countries such as Angola, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste must invest in education, health and infrastructure like roads, ports, electricity, water and sanitation systems if they hope to achieve middle- or high-income status in a sustainable and balanced way. What’s more, oil-, gas- and mineral-rich countries have access to large (yet finite) sources of income that can be used to boost domestic…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on April 8, 2015 at 5:38 — 1 Comment

Wrestling With a Mining Slump, Mongolia Plans for Its Next Boom

Four years ago, Mongolia’s vast mineral wealth prompted some to call it the …

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Added by Andrew Bauer on October 23, 2014 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Can Canada's North Transform Its Mineral Wealth Into Well-Being?

Can Canada's North Transform Its Mineral Wealth Into Well-Being?

Andrew Bauer  ~  6:24, 3 July 2014

 

Part II in a two-part series on the challenges of natural resource governance in Canada’s North.

 

At its peak, the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru was the world’s second richest per capita. From the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, Nauruans lived extravagantly…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on July 15, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Will Expectations Be Dashed in Canada's North?

Part I in a two-part series on the challenges of natural resource governance in Canada's North.

 

The Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada's largest territory, has huge resource potential. To investors and oil and mining companies, it is a vast landscape abundant in diamonds, gold, silver, copper, zinc, rare earth minerals, oil and natural gas (see box and map). Climate change is expected to…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on July 8, 2014 at 0:21 — No Comments

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Guidance for Policymakers

A sovereign wealth fund (SWF) should serve a purpose; this seems obvious. Yet time and again, as I discussed in my previous blog, funds are established with no clear purpose, or fail to achieve their stated objectives.

The …

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Added by Andrew Bauer on June 26, 2014 at 5:30 — 1 Comment

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