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S.Korea’s POSCO C&C says to end Myanmar military-backed joint venture

"We hope that our steel business will continue to contribute to improving Myanmar's residential environment and revitalising the economy," POSCO C&C said in a statement.

By: Reuters | Seoul |
April 16, 2021 11:30:42 am
Anti-coup protesters walk through a market with images of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi at Kamayut township in Yangon. (AP)

POSCO Coated & Color Steel Co Ltd (POSCO C&C) said on Friday it will end its joint venture with Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Co Ltd (MEHL), a firm controlled by the military in Myanmar which took control of the country in February.

The South Korean firm did not detail how it will end the venture, saying in a statement that it will continue to disclose related issues. A POSCO C&C spokesman told Reuters that, though the firm is ending the venture relationship, it is not pulling out Myanmar.

“We hope that our steel business will continue to contribute to improving Myanmar’s residential environment and revitalising the economy,” POSCO C&C said in a statement.

Reuters previously reported that POSCO C&C, an affiliate of steelmaker POSCO, was reviewing how to end the venture. POSCO booked about 2 billion won ($1.77 million) in profit last year from the steel business in Myanmar.

Activist group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has said 715 people have died protesting against the February 1 coup that ousted an elected government led by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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