Dawei deep-sea port project

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Post by Admin » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:14 am

Road to Dawei paved with anguish

From the Tenasserim mountains which form the Thai border to the bright blue Andaman waters of Myanmar’s west coast, a swathe is being cut through communities sitting in the way of progress.

While the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being promoted as a showpiece project of Myanmar's nascent development, villagers living along the 140km route linking it with the border fear their centuries-old cultures are at risk as the SEZ's backers set about relocating them.

Residents accuse the Myanmar government and Italian-Thai Development Public Company Ltd (ITD), the project's main concessionaire, of land grabs, insufficient or unpaid compensation for relocation, a lack of consultation and, perhaps most importantly, the loss of heritage associated with land and communities lost.

The SEZ, jointly funded by Thailand, is to comprise a deep sea port, a large industrial estate and overland transport links to Bangkok, 350km east.

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Post by Admin » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:37 am

Dawei SEZ: Desperately seeking bidders
The massive Dawei project has taken a new twist, as no interested bidders have applied for concessions opened in February for three jobs: a dual-lane highway linking Thailand with the site in eastern Burma, a small port, and a 30,000-rai industrial estate.

“The terms of reference for the three projects should be revised to make them more appealing to foreign investors,” said a source from Thailand’s Government House who asked not to be named.

Under the original schedule, Dawei SEZ Development Co (DSEZ), a special-purpose vehicle, had planned to open bidding for the three construction jobs in February and announce the results in April.

Thailand and Burma officially agreed to push the ambitious scheme forward last November, with three memoranda of understanding (MoU) signed by the two countries.

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Post by Nyinway » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:34 pm

I think this project should be scrap along with Myintsone dam project. These 2 projects are bad idea and ill advise projects. It benefits China and Thailand while destroying Myanmar. A foolish projects I should say. I am totally against these 2 unwise projects.

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Post by Admin » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:54 pm

NCPO approves stalled Dawei project
The military regime has given Dawei development the go-ahead, saying the project will help to smooth investment between Thailand and Myanmar.

The National Council for Peace and Order has agreed that development of the project should proceed as scheduled, said Perames Vudthitornetiraks, vice-president of the Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency and director of Dawei SEZ Development (DSEZ).

A 50:50 joint venture registered in Thailand, DSEZ is a special-purpose vehicle with a 75-year concession from the Myanmar government to develop the special economic zone and a deep-sea port, replacing Italian-Thai Development Plc, which had received the concession from Myanmar in November 2010.

"Myanmar wants to push the project forward swiftly, as it has been stalled for a long while," Mr Perames said.

"In comparison, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, a joint venture between Myanmar and Japan, is moving ahead at a rapid pace."

The terms of reference (ToR) for the first-phase bidding of the Dawei project are set to be drafted next month, with potential investors to become clearer in October.

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Post by Admin » Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:09 pm

Thai PM’s visit to Burma will boost delayed Dawei port plan
Burma’s stalled Dawei development project is expected to get a big boost when Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, visits the country next month. State visit is scheduled for 7 October, said a source.

Dawei (also known as Tavoy) today is a sleepy town on the upper Andaman Sea. Development plans foresee a huge seaport, industrial zone and expanding city.

Although the prime minister has yet to specify the exact schedule, the visit is likely to be early in October, said Pisanu Suvanajata, Thai ambassador to Rangoon.

But an army source said Gen Prayut’s visit is planned for Oct 7, after he chairs the National Council for Peace and Order meeting at Ban Mangkasila in Saphan Khao.

“Burma is now in the process of reforming its economic system to modernise the country in line with international practice,” Mr Pisanu said.”Several changes involve existing cooperation projects, such as the Dawei deep-sea port and the development of the industrial zone there.”

A source at a working group on the Dawei project said Burma wants the initial phase to begin in November. Gen Prayut has also ordered agencies concerned to support the project following recent visits by Burmese military leaders to Thailand.

Akom Termpittayapaisit, deputy transport minister and secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), said on Thursday that the government had assigned the NESDB to simplify the process of joint panels that will soon be set up to complete the project.

The Thai-Burma Joint High Level Committee, the Burma-Thai Joint Coordinating Committee and the operation task force will have stripped-down working procedures to speed up the work, he said.

Teerachai Chutiman, chairman of the Kanchanaburi Chamber of Commerce, said he supported stepped-up discussions between Thai and Burmese leaders.

The construction of a deep-sea port at Dawei, west of Bangkok on the Andaman Sea, is expected to stimulate the economy and trade between both countries, but has been stalled for more than a year amid the political crisis in Thailand.

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Post by Admin » Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:22 am

Thailand, Myanmar renew Dawei push
Thailand and Myanmar agreed on Thursday to revitalise the Dawei project by allowing Thai business firms to play a bigger role in the much-delayed special economic zone scheme.

The issue was discussed in talks between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar President Thein Sein in the Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw.

The two countries will given impetus to the mega project - which includes a deep-sea port - after Gen Prayut mooted the possibility of Thai investors joining the project and developing infrastructure, the Thai News Agency reported.

Thailand is keen to press ahead with Dawei in tandem with Japan as a new joint developer.

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Post by Pear » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:11 pm

NGOs urge Burma, Thailand to resolve Dawei SEZ land rights complaints

A group of Burmese NGOs on Thursday urged Burma and Thailand to address the complaints of local communities in southern Burma over a lack of adequate consultation and compensation during the initial phase of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The NGOs issued their statement during the first day of the official visit of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, whose government has announced that it wants to revive the massive Thai-Burmese project with Japanese help after it stalled late last year.

The Dawei Development Association (DDA), the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) and leading activist Kyaw Thu, the director of NGO consortium Paung Ku, said in a press release that Naypyidaw and Bangkok should resolve the farmers’ complaints before resuming the project.

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Post by KoKo » Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:55 pm

Thailand, Burma press ahead with Dawei SEZ

Burma and Thailand are expected to announce next month the development of the initial phase of the delayed Dawei development project.

Arkhom Termpitayapaisith, the National Economic and Social Development Board secretary-general, said two Thai companies — Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) and Rojana Industrial Park Plc — have proposed developing the road network linking the Thai border with the Dawei project and industrial estate.

Mr Arkhom said Dawei SEZ Development Co, a joint venture between Burma and Thailand, had invited Japan to bid for development of Dawei’s initial phase, but only the two companies approached it.

He said Dawei SEZ Development was considering the companies’ proposals, with the deals expected to be signed after the ASEAN Summit on 12- 13 November in Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma, officially known as Myanmar.

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Post by Admin » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:51 am

Japan, Thailand ‘hesitating’ on Dawei
Speaking in Burma’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday, Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Kan Zaw announced that Japan and Thailand – assumed to be the prime investors in the Dawei deep-sea port project in Tenasserim – are hesitating.

Responding to a question from MP Aung Soe of Launglon Township in Tavoy (Dawei), Kan Zaw said “implementation is taking place on a step-by-step basis as the project area is immense.”

He said the initial phase of the project will be completed within the next year and will be followed up with another three-year phase, adding that “potential investors” are hesitating on moving ahead with the special economic zone (SEZ), which is estimated to cost some US$50 billion.

Japan has recently focused its attention on attracting investment for the Thilawa SEZ, situated farther north on Burma’s eastern Andaman coast and with a viable port situated close to Rangoon.

The Dawei SEZ has been put on hold several times, while Naypyidaw has advertised quietly for other investors.

Thai construction giant Italian-Thai Co initially had the contract to implement the Dawei project, but it pulled out last year over a series of setbacks and a failure to attract investment.

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Thailand, Myanmar to revive multi-billion-dollar Dawei zone in 2015
Thailand and Myanmar will sign a pact in January aimed at reviving the multi-billion dollar Dawei industrial zone in Myanmar, a Thai minister said on Thursday.

Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, who is also secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB), said the Thai and Myanmar governments would meet to kickstart what is arguably Southeast Asia's most ambitious industrial zone.

"At the start of January 2015 the Thai and Myanmar government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to move forward the Dawei special economic zone," he added.

He said he hoped Italian Thai Development Pcl and Rojana Industrial Park Pcl would play a role in the first phase of the project.

His comments come after Thailand and Myanmar seized control of the strategically located complex from Italian Thai Development (ITD), Thailand's biggest construction firm, in Nov. 2013.

The Dawei Special Economic Zone complex, a 250-sq-km (100-sq-mile) deep-sea port, petrochemical and heavy industry hub, is located along the slim Thai-Myanmar peninsula and was described by ITD as "the new global gateway of Indochina".

The project has been stuck in a quagmire for years. Delays were largely blamed on ITD, which had failed to secure private investment and agree on a power source for the complex.

Thailand's ruling junta pledged in October to step up involvement in the project, following talks between Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Minoru Kiuchi, Japan's vice foreign minister.

Arkhom said foreign players, including Japan, were ready to get involved in Dawei, but did not give further details.

Located in southeastern Myanmar with highway links to Bangkok and Thailand's eastern seaboard, Dawei is set to be Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex when complete.

The industrial zone would be a potential boon for firms relying on the transport of goods around the crowded Malacca Strait, the world's busiest shipping lane.

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