NLA committee inspects construction at Dawei

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Members of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) traveled to the Tanintharyi Region of Myanmar last week to inspect the progress of the Dawei Industrial Estate project.

General Singsuk Singpai, President of the NLA Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Labour, led committee members on the inspection of the development, which lies opposite the border with Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province.

The Dawei Industrial Estate project in Myanmar.

The project has been held up by legal red tape related to tax and labor laws, both Burmese and international.  The delays prompted the NLA committee to visit the site and attend a briefing on the project’s progress and its legal obstacles.  General Singsuk also spoke with the Chief Minister of Tanintharyi Region, U Myat Ko, regarding further bilateral cooperation to promote investment in Dawei.

Thailand and Myanmar have pushed the project as a special economic zone for logistics in the ASEAN region, as well as to facilitate trade between the Middle East, India, China, Korea, and Japan.  The project covers 120,000 rai or 19,200 hectares.  Italian-Thai Development PCL won a two-year concession for the first phase of construction, which involves nine separate programs.