Burma popular as never before: Record breaking import figures this year
By David Stenerud
In the first ten months of 2001, the imports from Burma has increased with over 20 percent, according to statistics NorWatch has retrieved from Statistics Norway(SSB). The import figures are also higher then in 1997 when prime-minister Kjell Magne Bondevik called on the Norwegian business world to stop trading with Burma. Already last year the import was back on the level for 1997, after having declined heavily in the years 98 and 99. While the imports the ten first moths of last year had a value of 9.442.539 NOK, in the same period this year the value was 11.469.591 NOK from the country known as "the world's most brutal military dictatorship". The figures from SSB show an increase both in the imports of tropical lumber and clothes, which make out most of the imports.
In 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi wan the elections in Burma. The military-junta however has refused her to take office. Today she is held in house-arrest. The military regime has done considerable, brutal injustice against the population of the country. The International Labour Union(ILO) estimates that more than 800.000 people are working under force from the junta. - Boycott Burma! The recommendation still stands from Aung San Suu Kyu.
- I am sorry that Norwegian companies has trade with Burma as long as the military-regime is in power, says prime-minister Kjell Magne Bondevik when confronted with the figures NorWatch has obtained.
Norwatch Newsletter 12/01