Dawei Special Economic Zone

Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

Date of Release: 
Jun 25 2016

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, but made no mention of her administration’s commitment to the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or other mutual business or trade interests. The pair also declined to take questions after the press briefing.

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Dawei locals, CSOs raise concerns over violation of human rights

Date of Release: 
Mar 10 2016

CIVIL SOCIETY organisations (CSOs) and local residents living near the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) have called for action from the Japanese, Myanmar and Thai governments to tackle human rights violations before allowing the project to resume.

On Monday, they issued a joint statement urging the governments to take action against, among others, corruption among governmental departments related to the project, forced relocation, and to solve the problems before resuming the ground construction of the project.

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Dawei development gains Japan nod

Date of Release: 
Dec 15 2015

Myanmar's long-awaited multibillion-dollar Dawei megaproject has inched forward, with Japan yesterday signing a shareholder's agreement in a special purpose vehicle that runs the project.

Japan, through the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, signed the deal with Thailand's Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency and Myanmar's National Planning and Economic Development Ministry, under which the JBIC would hold equal shares in the Dawei SEZ Development Co.

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Japan invests in Dawei

Date of Release: 
Dec 15 2015

The multibillion-dollar Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and related projects will go ahead at full scale after Japan yesterday agreed to take a one-third equity stake in the associated special purpose vehicle (SPV) jointly set up by Myanmar and Thailand.

The deal was struck at the fifth Myanmar-Thailand Joint High-Level Committee Meeting that was attended by top officials from all three countries.

Japan's equity holding will be equal to Myanmar's and Thailand's.

The SPV currently has maximum registered capital of Bt100 million.

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A special zone on Myanmar's border

Date of Release: 
Sep 26 2015

DAWEI (Myanmar) It has been eight long years since engineer Suphap Satthathum first set foot in the tropical scrub jungle by the immense curve of beach near the port town of Dawei, in Myanmar's southernmost Tanintharyi state that borders Thailand.

But today, as he strides on the jetty his construction company has built, he finds new energy as he shows visitors around the 27 sq km first phase of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ).

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