Thailand, Myanmar move closer on Dawei mega project

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PHNOM PENH, Nov 20 – Thailand and Myanmar signed three joint communiqués on  developing the Dawei mega project, invitations to interested countries and investors to join the development and the formation  of an international forum to strengthen energy cooperation. 

The joint communiqués were agreed in a discussion on Monday between Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra and Myanmar president Thein Sein on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in the Cambodian capital.

The four-day ASEAN Summit ends today.

The Thai and Myanmar leaders expressed pleasure on the success of the first Thai-Myanmar high-level meeting on the development of Dawei as a special economic zone between the two countries. Myanmar will host the second meeting next month.

Leaders of the two countries agreed to invite economic alliance countries and investors to jointly develop the Dawei deep seaport.

According to the communiqué, priority must be given to building roads, the seaport, industrial estates, a power generating plant, sewage, telecommunications, high speed rail service and urban development.

The second communiqué says the interrelated projects are significant to the region, while the third seeks the formation of a forum for closer cooperation on energy development.

Additionally, Thailand strongly supported Myanmar as host the World Economic Forum on East Asia and the SEA Games next year as well as assuming the ASEAN chairmanship in 2014.