Kyaukphyu SEZ: Economic Reality or Pipedream?

The development of a special economic zone (SEZ) around Kyaukphyu in Myanmar’s Rakhine State could move closer to reality before the end of the year with the naming of tender winners for the development of factories, new housing and infrastructure. Twelve foreign and domestic firms have been shortlisted by the SEZ development committee, which failed […]

Kyaukphyu SEZ ‘Key’ to China Business Corridor, But Doubts Remain

Kyaukphyu port on Myanmar’s western coast could play a key role in a Beijing-led economic corridor plan linking neighbors India, Bangladesh and China. But economists and foreign policy analysts are divided over whether the Naypyidaw government’s ambitions for a special economic zone (SEZ) around Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State are viable. The so-called BCIM Corridor, for […]

Desperately seeking bidders: Dawei SEZ

The massive Dawei project has taken a new twist, as no interested bidders have applied for concessions opened in February for three jobs: a dual-lane highway linking Thailand with the site in eastern Myanmar, a small port, and a 30,000-rai industrial estate. “The terms of reference for the three projects should be revised to make […]

Thais reduced to ‘matchmaker’ in Dawei as Italian-Thai set to pull out

Myanmar’s stalled Dawei mega-project, which Thailand has striven to get off the ground for years, appears set to pass out of Thai hands, as Japan takes on a bigger role, though the nature of this role is far from clear. Thailand’s largest contractor, Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), which is a contract partner with the Myanmar […]