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Dawei SEZ construction back on the cards

Infra News - Published on Thu, 07 Dec 2017

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MM Times reported that the government is exploring ways to restart development of the suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saying the SEZ will benefit Myanmar as well as the region. The Dawei SEZ includes construction of the highway as well as a deep-sea port which will link Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in the ASEAN region to India, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. A port at Dawei will also shorten transportation time by eliminating the need to navigate around Singapore through the Malacca Straits.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio said during a meeting with local authorities at the site of the project in Dawei, which is the capital of Tanintharyi region near the Thai-Myanmar border “To implement the project, ways must be sought to hold talks between Myanmar, Thailand and Japan.”

Two taskforces have been formed to look into restarting development of Dawei SEZ. One will focus on problems encountered with the developer for the initial phase, while the second task force will focus on upgrading an existing 150-kilometer road connecting the SEZ to Htee Khee.

U Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister who was involved in the meeting with local authorities told The Myanmar Times that the government is pushing for the road to be upgraded within the next two years using funds from the Thai government.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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