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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 […]

Clashing with the law, SEZ body to resurrect Dawei megaproject

Myanmar’s SEZ working body announced that the long-suspended Dawei SEZ project will be resurrected this October, in a move which is set to clash with the Environmental Conservation Law because there is no known site-wide environment assessment conducted or approved. U Than Myint, chair of the SEZ Central Working Body, said during a meeting with […]

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 […]

Dawei SEZ’s grave human rights violations, forced evictions and flawed EIAs come under fire

From flawed land acquisition, destroyed farmlands to the lack of transparency, this project is failing on many human rights measures and threatening the lands and livelihoods of communities. DAWEI Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been accused of grave human rights violations including forced evictions, a lack of transparency and environmental disruption as the land lease […]

Dawei SEZ to be Put on Track

The government will seek ways to put the once-suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone back on track as it is considered to benefit not only Myanmar but also the south-east Asia region. “To implement the project, ways must be sought to hold talks between Myanmar, Thailand and Japan” said Vice President U Henry Van Thio. The […]

TTCL Plans Two Power Plants in Myanmar Worth $6 Bn

TTCL, an integrated engineering procurement and construction firm listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, plans to invest more than US$6 billion (Bt204 billion) between the second half of this year and 2020 to establish two coal-fired power plants in Myanmar, chief financial officer Gobchai Tanasugarn said. TTCL is a joint venture between Italian-Thai Development, […]

Dawei Project Gathers Pace

THE INITIAL Bt37-billion phase of the Dawei Special Economic Zone will by ready to kick off before the end of this year after Myanmar’s government signs a procurement contract this month with Italian-Thai Development (ITD), said company president Premchai Karnasuta. He said yesterday in Yangon after participating in a ceremony to open a representative office of the […]

Tanintharyi Officials say Work on Dawei SEZ Could Restart

​​ Plodding progress is being made on the long-delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone, according to Tanintharyi Region government officials, who are hoping the project will restart soon. Regional government officials visited Japan last month to discuss that country’s potential participation in the SEZ and reported strong interest. Tanintharyi Region Chief Minister Daw Lae Lae Maw […]

Thais feel impact of booming Dawei

BANGKOK • Saw Hdaik Oo, from Dawei in Myanmar, left home for Thailand when he was 15, in search of a job. He was fortunate to find one at a seafood-processing factory in Ranong, southern Thailand. And then even luckier to be promoted to oversee the refrigeration at a plant in Mahachai, which has one […]

Roads can convert Myanmar from economic void to hub

  YANGON — Once regarded as “Asia’s missing link,” Myanmar is undergoing a road construction boom. Seen as vital for economic development, arterial roads are being planned and built with greater urgency, and advances in democratization as well as cease-fires with ethnic minority rebels have sped projects along. The construction of roads connecting Myanmar with […]