GE re-entered Myanmar in 2013 and opened an office in Yangon in 2014. We have been principally engaged in product sales and leasing in healthcare, electricity and aviation. In addition to our commitment to improving Myanmar’s infrastructure, improving healthcare and easing the country’s crippling energy shortage, GE has engaged in significant philanthropic and capacity-building activities. The GE Foundation has undertaken an initiative in conjunction with Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, to supply training, technology and equipment to help reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. As of September 30, 2015, GE had delivered more than $500,000 in equipment and the GE Foundation had funded more than $2.5 million in healthcare training.
GE also developed, at the government’s request, a comprehensive electricity plan to evaluate how to best address the country’s needs, as well as a series of energy technical-training programs. Finally, we launched a series of leadership training programs for Myanmar government officials, both in the U.S. and in Singapore. As of March 2016, nearly 100 officials had completed the training.
GE recently has been awarded contracts for energy upgrades and installations that will help ease the crippling energy shortage suffered by the citizens of Myanmar. We have also leased aircraft to Myanmar Airlines and sold healthcare equipment to hospitals and clinics around the country.
While GE Oil & Gas has had very limited involvement in Myanmar to date, the GE Foundation commissioned a human rights impact assessment to guide the Company’s future interaction with Myanmar’s extractive sector. The assessment, which was prepared by the Institute on Human Rights and Business, applies the UN Guiding Principles to facilitate sustainable engagement with business partners and civil society in Myanmar. The report was issued in July 2014, and we have made it public to highlight for all in the oil and gas sector the human rights issues that attend extractive industry operations in Myanmar. It is available at Myanmar Oil & Gas Sector Wide Impact Assessment.