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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 […]

Dawei, Kyaukphyu SEZ projects to resume

Arrangements are being made for development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Kyaukphyu SEZ projects to resume, said U Khin Maung Cho, Minister for the Ministry of Industry, on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. The government has been exploring ways to restart development of the US$8 billion Dawei […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Myanmar renews SEZ push

Myanmar’s special economic zones (SEZs) are a central part of a revitalised economic strategy in which increased manufacturing activity will play a key role. And breathing renewed life and energy into stagnant or stalled SEZs has moved to the top of the government’s agenda. “SEZs promote the transfer of technology, encourage infrastructure development and attract […]

Thailand Clears $133 MLN Loan for Long-Delayed Dawei Economic Zone

loan to kick-start long-delayed development of Myanmar’s Dawei Special Economic Zone, Thailand’s transport minister said on Friday. The two countries signed an agreement in 2008 to build the zone in Myanmar’s southeast. But the multi-billion dollar project has been mired in difficulties, including widespread local opposition and problems mobilizing funding for its construction. Thai Transport Minister Arkhom […]

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 […]

Two-Lane Highway to Link Thailand and Dawei SEZ

​​ Visits to Myanmar led by the deputy prime minister of Thailand, followed by a visit from the minister of transportation of Thailand who met with Vice President Henry Van Thio in February, resulted in an agreement to continue the Dawei SEZ project within a month. Pisanu Suvanajata, the Thai ambassador to Myanmar who attended […]