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MYANMAR: Work Begins on Delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone Project

Work is expected to commence on the delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) project in south-eastern Myanmar. Initially mooted in 2008, the project has long been beset with financial difficulties. Now, though, the Myanmar government has appointed a high-level task force with a brief to deliver the proposed DSEZ.

Based in the country’s southern Tanintharyi region and set on the Andaman Sea coast, DESZ is a joint project between the Myanmar government and a private consortium of mostly Thai companies. Once completed, the site will comprise a deep-sea port and an industrial estate, with road and rail links to Bangkok and the Greater Mekong region. The port will also offer Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia faster access by sea to India than via the current routes through the Malacca Straits.

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