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Myanmar: Private Military and Security Companies

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 173027, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department is aware of British companies providing insurance, reinsurance, financial services or consultancy services to Myanmar military companies; and whether the Government is taking steps to prevent British companies from providing such services to the military.

Answered on

30 March 2021

The Foreign Secretary and International Trade Secretary have written to UK companies active in Myanmar to make clear the expectation that they do not do business with the military through their trading relationships. HMG expects them to conduct due diligence to ensure that they aren't supporting any military linked businesses.

As set out in the written ministerial statement of 25 February, we are reviewing our approach to Trade and Investment in Myanmar, and while that review takes place have suspended all trade promotion activity.