More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone

More Japanese companies to invest in Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Increasing numbers of Japanese companies are investing in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Myanmar. Of course, this SEZ is especially important for Japan because it highlights the importance of Myanmar to political elites […]

New bridge to resolve Thilawa’s transport nightmare

INVESTORS in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Thanlyin residents now see the light at the end of the long tunnel, as a new bridge connecting the area with Yangon is scheduled to complete within four years. The new Bago River bridge, expected to become operational in 2021, will be built next to the existing […]

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 […]

JFE Meranti Myanmar to build $85M steel plant in Thilawa

Japanese steel maker JFE Meranti Myanmar held its ground-breaking ceremony at Zone B of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to much fanfare last Friday. It is the first to commence operations at Zone B. “This ceremony is a symbol of the development in Myanmar-Japan bilateral cooperation and friendship,” Vice President U Henry Van Thio […]

Dutch animal nutrition firm starts manufacturing in Thilawa

The Netherlands-based producer of animal feed and nutritional service specialist, Trouw Nutrition, opened its first manufacturing unit in Myanmar last week. Trouw Nutrition Myanmar Co was incorporated at Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in July 2017. The manufacturing plant, located in Zone A, is expected to start operation in two weeks. Thilawa is the only […]

China firms up ties with Myanmar

China’s emergence as a global player and its generous foreign aid to Southeast Asian countries often leads to claims that its true actions are disguised and really a means to expand its power and influence throughout the region. However, Myanmar has adeptly managed its relations with the Asian powerhouse over the years and, contrary to […]

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 […]

Thailand’s Infrastructure Plans are Good for Trade with Myanmar

​​ Thailand revealed plans to invest in its infrastructure to boost trade with Myanmar. By committing to the initial investment, Thailand has started the process. Both parties must then work together to reap the benefits of the new infrastructure. Border trade makes up a reported 80% of trade between Myanmar and Thailand. It is essential […]

Dawei Torn Between Visions of Progress

Dusk had fallen when a huge crowd packed “We Love Dawei” festival at a garden in Dawei, the capital city of the Taninthary region, southern Myanmar. A variety of performances from local artists and their counterparts from neighbouring Thailand drew various groups of festival-goers. At the venue, a panel discussion on Dawei development also took […]