Forestry officials were forced by a group of men wielding swords and clubs to return confiscated timber.
Burma is facing complete forest degradation unless it can clean up the crony economy.
This week’s DVB Debate comes at a time when Sino-Burmese relations are under the microscope.
As the illegal trade in jade, timber and drugs along the Sino-Burmese border appears unstoppable, black market banks have become a major channel for laundering criminal assets.
While the raw timber export ban is a step towards avoiding a regrettable transformation in one of Burma’s major industries, it may only work in tandem with more reforms that tackle the country’s deep-seated corruption.
Raw timber export is estimated to rise by 33 percent this year, in the lead-up to a nationwide ban on the commodity, according to the Myanmar Timber Merchants Association.