Myanmar, Thailand accelerate plans to link, electrify Dawei SEZ
07 Oct 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Myanmar and Thailand will speed up
Basic infrastructure such as roads connecting the SEZ to Thailand and necessities like electricity will be
Myanmar will accept a loan from Thailand at reduced interest rates to build the two-lane Dawei-Htee Khee road, which is expected to link the SEZ to Thailand and boost trade and tourism between the two countries. Construction on the
In July this year, the World Wildlife Fund warned that Myanmar's rainforests and at least nine globally-threatened species in Tanintharyi would face significant risks if the Dawei-Htee Khee road project continues without a comprehensive biodiversity protection plan.
Myanmar will also receive loans from the Asia Development Bank to set up the necessary infrastructure enabling access to the national grid. "Dawei SEZ will be able to enjoy electricity after we have extended the grid from Mawlamyine to Ye and Dawei," U Tun Naing said. Tanintharyi is the only region in Myanmar which doesn't have access to electricity.
The total designated area for the SEZ is 196 sq km and projects in the remaining 169 sq km come under the full phase of development. "To develop the full phase project, we will invite locals, Thais and investors from other countries," he said.
The full phase of Dawei SEZ will be implemented soon after the completion of the initial phase, officials said. The possibility of holding
The Dawei SEZ project has been in the works since the previous government's administration but delayed due to the lack of suitable infrastructure as well as social and environmental issues relating to the location of the SEZ.
The Dawei SEZ and deep
When complete, the SEZ is expected to link the southern part of the Greater Mekong region, which includes Bangkok, Phnom Penh
The Dawei SEZ is one of three SEZ projects in Myanmar. Dawei is the capital city of Tanintharyi, which is in the southern part of the country, near the Myanmar-Thai border. – Translated