A special zone on Myanmar’s border

DAWEI (Myanmar) • It has been eight long years since engineer Suphap Satthathum first set foot in the tropical scrub jungle by the immense curve of beach near the port town of Dawei, in Myanmar’s southernmost Tanintharyi state that borders Thailand. But today, as he strides on the jetty his construction company has built, he […]

Thai PM seeks Japanese role in Baht 2 trillion transportation project between India, Myanmar & Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has invited Japan Inc to take part in Thailand’s Bt2-trillion transportation development project. She also proposed to Myanmar to jointly develop a “trilateral highway”, creating land bridges between India, Myanmar and Thailand. She discussed these issues during bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Thein Sein […]

Japan Interest in Dawei Industrial Zone Seen as Unlikely

Efforts by the Thai government to attract Japanese investment in a port-industrial complex at Dawei on Burma’s southeast coast are doomed, a prominent regional economist said. “I don’t think the Japanese are at all interested in Dawei. To the extent their name keeps cropping up, I expect it reflects the desire of the zone’s promoters, […]