30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma, 12132-12134 [2013-04032]

Download as PDF 12132 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 35 / Thursday, February 21, 2013 / Notices • If the adjudicator determines the initial medical cessation determination was correct, he or she will then determine whether the beneficiary has again become disabled at any time through the date of his or her determination or decision because of a worsening of an existing impairment or the onset of a new impairment, if all other requirements for establishing a period of disability, including the duration and insured status requirements are met. • If the adjudicator determines that the initial disability cessation determination was not correct, he or she will determine if the evidence establishes medical improvement as a basis for cessation of disability at any time through the date of final determination or decision. • In every case where we find that that the beneficiary was not continuously disabled through the date of the appeal determination or decision, the adjudicator must fully explain the basis for the conclusion reached in the determination or decision. The adjudicator will state the month the beneficiary’s disability ended, and, if applicable, the month in which a new period of disability began and any intervening months during which there was no disability. • If the beneficiary’s disability has medically ceased, the determination or decision must specifically address the initial cessation determination and the beneficiary’s eligibility (or ineligibility) for a new a period of disability through the date on which the appeal determination or decision is being made, or, if earlier, through the date last insured. Effective Date: This Ruling is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. [FR Doc. 2013–03914 Filed 2–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 8189] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form Notice of request for public comment. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:47 Feb 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB. DATES: The Department will accept comments from the public up to April 22, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Web: Persons with access to the Internet may use the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) to comment on this notice by going to www.Regulations.gov. You can search for the document by entering ‘‘Public Notice ####’’ in the Search bar. If necessary, use the Narrow by Agency filter option on the Results page. • Email: PRA_BurdenComments@state.gov. • Mail: Chief, Legislation and Regulations Division, Visa Services— DSP–0122, 2401 E Street NW., Washington DC 20520–30106. You must include the DS form number (if applicable), information collection title, and the OMB control number in any correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Sydney Taylor, Visa Services, U.S. Department of State, 2401 E Street NW., L–603, Washington, DC 20522, who may be reached at PRA_BurdenComments@state.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Title of Information Collection: Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. • OMB Control Number: 1405–0153. • Type of Request: Extension of Currently Approved Collection. • Originating Office: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Visa Services (CA/VO). • Form Number: DS–5501. • Respondents: Aliens entering the Diversity Visa Lottery. • Estimated Number of Respondents: 6 million per year. • Estimated Number of Responses: 6 million per year. • Average Time per Response: 30 minutes. • Total Estimated Burden Time: 3 million hours per year. • Frequency: Once per entry. • Obligation to Respond: Required to Obtain Benefits. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public records. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review. Abstract of Proposed Collection The Department of State utilizes the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery (EDV) Entry Form to elicit information necessary to ascertain the applicability of the legal provisions of the diversity program. Primary requirements are that the applicant is from a low admission country, is a high school graduate, or has two years of experience in a job that requires two years of training. The foreign nationals complete the electronic entry forms and then applications are randomly selected for participation in the program. Department of State regulations pertaining to diversity immigrant visas under the INA are published in 22 CFR 42.33. Methodology The EDV Entry Form is available online at www.dvlottery.state.gov and can only be submitted electronically during the annual registration period. Dated: February 7, 2013. Edward J. Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2013–04029 Filed 2–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–06–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 8191] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of proposed collection of information. ACTION: The Department of State has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 35 / Thursday, February 21, 2013 / Notices approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for public comment. DATES: Submit comments directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) up to March 25, 2013. ADDRESSES: Direct comments to the Department of State Desk Officer in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). You may submit comments by the following methods: • Email: oira_submission@omb. eop.gov. You must include the DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control number in the subject line of your message. • Fax: 202–395–5806. Attention: Desk Officer for Department of State. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Stacey May, U.S. Department of State, DRL/EAP Suite 7817, 2201 C St. NW., Washington, DC 20520, who may be reached on 202–647–8260 or at maysa2@state.gov. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Title of Information Collection: Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma. • OMB Control Number: None. • Type of Request: New Collection. • Originating Office: U.S. Department of State, DRL/EAP. • Form Number: None. • Respondents: U.S. persons and entities engaged in new investment in Burma in an amount over $500,000 in aggregate, per OFAC General License 17, which authorizes new investment in Burma. • Estimated Number of Respondents: 150. • Estimated Number of Responses: 150. • Average Hours Per Response: 21 hours. • Total Estimated Burden: 3,150 hours. • Frequency: Within 180 days of new investment in Burma over $500,000, annually thereafter. • I Mandatory. We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to: • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department. • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:47 Feb 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review. Abstract of Proposed Collection Section 203(a)(1)(B) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) grants the President authority to, inter alia, prevent or prohibit any acquisition or transaction involving any property, in which a foreign country or a national thereof has any interest, by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, if the President declares a national emergency with respect to any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. See 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq. In Executive Order 13047 of May 20, 1997, the President determined that the actions and policies of the Government of Burma, including its large-scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma, constituted an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, declared a national emergency to deal with that threat, and prohibited new investment in Burma. In subsequent Executive Orders, the President modified the scope of the national emergency to address additional concerns with the actions and policies of the Government of Burma. In Executive Order 13448 of October 18, 2007, the President modified the emergency to address the continued repression of the democratic opposition in Burma, manifested in part through the commission of human rights abuses and pervasive public corruption. In Executive Order 13619 of July 11, 2012, the President further modified the emergency to address, inter alia, human rights abuses particularly in ethnic areas. In response to several political reforms by the Government of Burma and pursuant to authority granted by PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12133 IEEPA, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a general license (GL 17) on July 11, 2012 authorizing new investment in Burma, subject to certain restrictions and conditions. In order to support the Department of State’s efforts to assess the extent to which new U.S. investment authorized by GL 17 furthers U.S. foreign policy goals of improving human rights protections and facilitating political reform in Burma, GL 17 requires U.S. persons engaging in new investment in Burma to report to the Department of State information related to such investment, as laid out in the ‘‘Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma,’’ (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘collection’’). This collection is authorized by section 203(a)(2) of IEEPA, which grants the President authority to keep a full record of, and to furnish under oath, in the form of reports or otherwise, complete information relative to any act or transaction referred to in section 203(a)(1) of IEEPA. Methodology The Department of State will collect the information requested via electronic submission. Additional Information It is the overarching policy goal of the U.S. Government to support political reform in Burma towards the establishment of a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic state that respects human rights and the rule of law. In the past, some foreign investment in Burma has been linked to human rights abuses, particularly in the area of natural resource development in ethnic minority regions. For example, some foreign investments have entailed acquisition and control of land in disputed ethnic minority territories exacerbating or contributing to both social unrest and armed conflict and leading to adverse community and/or environmental impacts. Increased military/security presence, particularly in disputed ethnic minority areas, to provide security for foreign investment projects is reported to have led to seizures of farm land, involuntary relocations, forced labor, torture, summary execution, and sexual violence. The collection will help the Department of State, in consultation with other relevant government agencies, to evaluate whether easing the ban on investment by U.S. persons advances U.S. foreign policy goals to address the national emergency with E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12134 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 35 / Thursday, February 21, 2013 / Notices respect to Burma. In addition, the Department of State will use the collection as a basis to conduct informed consultations with U.S. businesses to encourage and assist such businesses to develop robust policies and procedures to address any potential adverse human rights, worker rights, anti-corruption, environmental, or other impacts resulting from their investments and operations in Burma. The Department of State will use the collection of information about new investment with the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to track investment that involves MOGE and to identify investors with whom it may be beneficial to have targeted consultation on anti-corruption and human rights policies. The public, including civil society actors in Burma, may use publicly available information resulting from the collection to engage U.S. businesses on their responsible investment policies and procedures and to monitor the Burmese government’s management of revenues from investment. U.S. persons to whom this requirement applies will be required to submit a version of the report to the U.S. Government for public release, from which information considered in good faith to be exempt from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 4—i.e. trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential—may be withheld. The Department of State will make this version of the report publically available in order to promote transparency with respect to new U.S. investments in Burma. In the past, the absence of transparency or publicly available information with respect to foreign investment activities in Burma has contributed to corruption and misuse of public funds, the erosion of public trust, and social unrest in ethnic minority areas and has led to further human rights abuses and repression by the government and military. Public disclosure of certain aspects of the collection therefore will promote the policy of transparency through new U.S. investment, a key U.S. foreign policy objective in Burma. Burmese civil society groups, particularly those representing ethnic minority communities, have requested that the Department of State make public certain information obtained through the collection on investments purportedly made for the benefit of the Burmese people, as a means of holding their own government accountable. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s democratic opposition party and recently elected to VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:47 Feb 20, 2013 Jkt 229001 a seat in Burma’s parliament, also underscored the importance of transparency in her recent remarks in Bangkok, noting that she did not want ‘‘more investment to mean more possibilities for corruption.’’ This was among the most specific of the recommendations she made to the international community, stressing that ‘‘Transparency is very important if we are going to avoid problems in the future* * * So whatever investments, governmental agreements, whatever aid might be proposed, please make sure that it is transparent, that the people of Burma are in a position to understand what has been done, and how and for whom the benefits are intended.’’ Therefore public release of portions of this collection is aimed at providing civil society this type of information to both ensure the transparency of U.S. investment in Burma and to encourage civil society to partner with their government and U.S. companies towards building responsible investment, which ultimately promotes U.S. foreign policy goals. Dated: February 11, 2013. Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2013–04032 Filed 2–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–18–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 8192] Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation; Notice of Charter Renewal The Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation is renewing its charter for a period of two years. This Advisory Committee will continue to make recommendations to the Historian and the Department of State on all aspects of the Department’s program to publish the Foreign Relations of the United States series as well as on the Department’s responsibility under statute (22 U.S.C. 4351, et seq.) to open its 30-year old and older records for public review at the National Archives and Records Administration. The Committee consists of nine members drawn from among historians, political scientists, archivists, international lawyers, and other social scientists who are distinguished in the field of U.S. foreign relations. Questions concerning the Committee and the renewal of its Charter should be directed to Stephen P. Randolph, Executive Secretary, Advisory PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, Department of State, Office of the Historian, Washington, DC, 20520, telephone (202) 663–1123 (email history@state.gov). Dated: February 14, 2013. Colby Prevost, Designated Federal Officer, Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2013–04009 Filed 2–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–11–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 8194] Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta’’ Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236–3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ‘‘Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign owner or custodian. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York, NY, from on or about March 20, 2013, until on or about July 7, 2013, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact Julie Simpson, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6467). The mailing address is U.S. Department of State, SA–5, L/PD, Fifth Floor (Suite 5H03), Washington, DC 20522–0505. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 8191]


30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Reporting 
Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma

ACTION: Notice of request for public comment and submission to OMB of 
proposed collection of information.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State has submitted the information 
collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
for

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approval. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 we are 
requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals 
and organizations. The purpose of this Notice is to allow 30 days for 
public comment.

DATES: Submit comments directly to the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) up to March 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Direct comments to the Department of State Desk Officer in 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB). You may submit comments by the following 
methods:
     Email: oira--submission@omb. eop.gov. You must include the 
DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control 
number in the subject line of your message.
     Fax: 202-395-5806. Attention: Desk Officer for Department 
of State.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Direct requests for additional 
information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including 
requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and 
supporting documents, to Stacey May, U.S. Department of State, DRL/EAP 
Suite 7817, 2201 C St. NW., Washington, DC 20520, who may be reached on 
202-647-8260 or at maysa2@state.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
     Title of Information Collection: Reporting Requirements on 
Responsible Investment in Burma.
     OMB Control Number: None.
     Type of Request: New Collection.
     Originating Office: U.S. Department of State, DRL/EAP.
     Form Number: None.
     Respondents: U.S. persons and entities engaged in new 
investment in Burma in an amount over $500,000 in aggregate, per OFAC 
General License 17, which authorizes new investment in Burma.
     Estimated Number of Respondents: 150.
     Estimated Number of Responses: 150.
     Average Hours Per Response: 21 hours.
     Total Estimated Burden: 3,150 hours.
     Frequency: Within 180 days of new investment in Burma over 
$500,000, annually thereafter.
     I Mandatory.
    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:
     Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
     Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost 
burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used.
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected.
     Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are 
public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you 
should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your 
personal information, will be available for public review.

Abstract of Proposed Collection

    Section 203(a)(1)(B) of the International Emergency Economic Powers 
Act (IEEPA) grants the President authority to, inter alia, prevent or 
prohibit any acquisition or transaction involving any property, in 
which a foreign country or a national thereof has any interest, by any 
person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of 
the United States, if the President declares a national emergency with 
respect to any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source 
in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national 
security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. See 50 
U.S.C. 1701 et seq.
    In Executive Order 13047 of May 20, 1997, the President determined 
that the actions and policies of the Government of Burma, including its 
large-scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma, 
constituted an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national 
security and foreign policy of the United States, declared a national 
emergency to deal with that threat, and prohibited new investment in 
Burma. In subsequent Executive Orders, the President modified the scope 
of the national emergency to address additional concerns with the 
actions and policies of the Government of Burma. In Executive Order 
13448 of October 18, 2007, the President modified the emergency to 
address the continued repression of the democratic opposition in Burma, 
manifested in part through the commission of human rights abuses and 
pervasive public corruption. In Executive Order 13619 of July 11, 2012, 
the President further modified the emergency to address, inter alia, 
human rights abuses particularly in ethnic areas.
    In response to several political reforms by the Government of Burma 
and pursuant to authority granted by IEEPA, the Department of the 
Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a general 
license (GL 17) on July 11, 2012 authorizing new investment in Burma, 
subject to certain restrictions and conditions.
    In order to support the Department of State's efforts to assess the 
extent to which new U.S. investment authorized by GL 17 furthers U.S. 
foreign policy goals of improving human rights protections and 
facilitating political reform in Burma, GL 17 requires U.S. persons 
engaging in new investment in Burma to report to the Department of 
State information related to such investment, as laid out in the 
``Reporting Requirements on Responsible Investment in Burma,'' 
(hereafter referred to as the ``collection''). This collection is 
authorized by section 203(a)(2) of IEEPA, which grants the President 
authority to keep a full record of, and to furnish under oath, in the 
form of reports or otherwise, complete information relative to any act 
or transaction referred to in section 203(a)(1) of IEEPA.

Methodology

    The Department of State will collect the information requested via 
electronic submission.

Additional Information

    It is the overarching policy goal of the U.S. Government to support 
political reform in Burma towards the establishment of a peaceful, 
prosperous, and democratic state that respects human rights and the 
rule of law. In the past, some foreign investment in Burma has been 
linked to human rights abuses, particularly in the area of natural 
resource development in ethnic minority regions. For example, some 
foreign investments have entailed acquisition and control of land in 
disputed ethnic minority territories exacerbating or contributing to 
both social unrest and armed conflict and leading to adverse community 
and/or environmental impacts. Increased military/security presence, 
particularly in disputed ethnic minority areas, to provide security for 
foreign investment projects is reported to have led to seizures of farm 
land, involuntary relocations, forced labor, torture, summary 
execution, and sexual violence.
    The collection will help the Department of State, in consultation 
with other relevant government agencies, to evaluate whether easing the 
ban on investment by U.S. persons advances U.S. foreign policy goals to 
address the national emergency with

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respect to Burma. In addition, the Department of State will use the 
collection as a basis to conduct informed consultations with U.S. 
businesses to encourage and assist such businesses to develop robust 
policies and procedures to address any potential adverse human rights, 
worker rights, anti-corruption, environmental, or other impacts 
resulting from their investments and operations in Burma. The 
Department of State will use the collection of information about new 
investment with the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) to track 
investment that involves MOGE and to identify investors with whom it 
may be beneficial to have targeted consultation on anti-corruption and 
human rights policies. The public, including civil society actors in 
Burma, may use publicly available information resulting from the 
collection to engage U.S. businesses on their responsible investment 
policies and procedures and to monitor the Burmese government's 
management of revenues from investment.
    U.S. persons to whom this requirement applies will be required to 
submit a version of the report to the U.S. Government for public 
release, from which information considered in good faith to be exempt 
from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 4--i.e. trade secrets or 
commercial or financial information that is privileged or 
confidential--may be withheld. The Department of State will make this 
version of the report publically available in order to promote 
transparency with respect to new U.S. investments in Burma. In the 
past, the absence of transparency or publicly available information 
with respect to foreign investment activities in Burma has contributed 
to corruption and misuse of public funds, the erosion of public trust, 
and social unrest in ethnic minority areas and has led to further human 
rights abuses and repression by the government and military. Public 
disclosure of certain aspects of the collection therefore will promote 
the policy of transparency through new U.S. investment, a key U.S. 
foreign policy objective in Burma.
    Burmese civil society groups, particularly those representing 
ethnic minority communities, have requested that the Department of 
State make public certain information obtained through the collection 
on investments purportedly made for the benefit of the Burmese people, 
as a means of holding their own government accountable. Nobel Peace 
Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's democratic 
opposition party and recently elected to a seat in Burma's parliament, 
also underscored the importance of transparency in her recent remarks 
in Bangkok, noting that she did not want ``more investment to mean more 
possibilities for corruption.'' This was among the most specific of the 
recommendations she made to the international community, stressing that 
``Transparency is very important if we are going to avoid problems in 
the future* * * So whatever investments, governmental agreements, 
whatever aid might be proposed, please make sure that it is 
transparent, that the people of Burma are in a position to understand 
what has been done, and how and for whom the benefits are intended.''
    Therefore public release of portions of this collection is aimed at 
providing civil society this type of information to both ensure the 
transparency of U.S. investment in Burma and to encourage civil society 
to partner with their government and U.S. companies towards building 
responsible investment, which ultimately promotes U.S. foreign policy 
goals.

    Dated: February 11, 2013.
Daniel Baer,
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2013-04032 Filed 2-20-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4710-18-P