Japan to conduct survey on Dawei deep sea port project

The Japanese government will commence a survey to determine the total amount of capital expenditure required to participate in the development of the Dawei deep sea port project, said U Tin Htoo Naing, secretary for Dawei SEZ management committee. The move comes after Japan last month made an official offer to Myanmar and Thailand to […]

Dawei SEZ Draws Investor Interest, but Lacks Infrastructure

Businesses from China, Thailand, Korea and Japan, including those from the power and logistics sectors, have said they are keen to invest in the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi, which is near the Thai border. Investor interest in Dawei, which has yet to be developed, has been on the rise since Myanmar and […]

Conditions Nearly Set for Dawei SEZ Initial Phase to Begin: Govt Committee

YANGON— The Myanmar government is currently negotiating the conditions precedent (CPs) with the concessionaires for the initial phase of construction work on the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a US$8-billion (about 12.16 trillion kyats) project that includes a deep seaport. The strategic project in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region is set to be Southeast Asia’s largest […]

Uncertainty for Dawei mounts as govt considers replacing ITD

Lack of clarity in the contract signed between Italian-Thai Development (ITD) and the Myanmar government to develop the highly controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi Region needs to be addressed, an SEZ official cautioned as the government is mulling plans to change the developer. Myanmar SEZ Central Working Body Secretary U Aung Soe […]

Myanmar region woos French FDI

Myanmar’s underdeveloped Tanintharyi region bordering Kanchanaburi province plans to attract European investment mainly from French companies in the months to come, according to Phyo Win Tun, planning and finance minister of the Tanintharyi region government. “At the regional government, we frequently receive business delegations from Europe, including France, Italy, Czech as well as from other […]

Nay Pyi Taw scraps Hpa-An coal power plant, communities urge Kayin govt to follow suit

Kayin communities and civil society groups applauded Nay Pyi Taw’s decision announced last month to halt a proposed coal power plant in Hpa-An and urged the regional government to confirm the cancellation. Meanwhile, a total of 130 civil society groups issued a joint statement to urge the government to cancel all proposed and suspended coal-fired […]

Premchai’s charges add to Myanmar worry over Dawei economic zone

The arrest of Premchai Karnasuta, president of Thailand-based Italian-Thai Development company (ITD) on poaching charges, has caused alarm in Myanmar’s Dawei communities, where the company is developing the of Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), the Myanmar Times online has reported. The news outlet also reported that despite the unprecedented media outcry over the case, it […]

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many

A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink. CIVIL society organisations have demanded the authorities to reconsider the plans to revive the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They argued that a site-wide environment impact assessment […]

JICA Surveys Infrastructure Needs for Dawei SEZ

YANGON- A team led by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is making a survey on the implementation of basic infrastructure, such as a deep sea port and electricity supply, in Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Taninthayi Region. This is according to Dr Tun Naing, Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy, who is also chairman […]

Construction of Dawei SEZ back on the cards

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 […]