Thailand, Myanmar upbeat on Dawei project


NEW YORK, Sept 27 – Thailand and Myanmar have agreed to accelerate development of the Dawei deep seaport project, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said after a bilateral meeting with Myanmar President Thein Sein here.

Both leaders are attending the UN General Assembly in New York. Their bilateral talks on the sidelines of the meeting concentrated on the Dawei project in light of the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties during the Myanmar president’s visit to Thailand.

Ms Yingluck said Mr Thein Sein wanted to push forward development with tangible progress. Both leaders want to officially announce the project at the ASEAN Summit in November.

She said both parties will separately work on the development plan and the first meeting will be held in Thailand soon.

A high-level committee on the Thai-Myanmar Dawei development project will be led by Thai Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong and Myanmar Vice President Nyan Tun.

The premier said Thai investors are keen to invest in other industrial development projects in Myanmar and the Thai industry minister will visit some of the projects soon.

Ms Yingluck also thanked the Myanmar leader for the recent release of 83 Thais arrested for illegal entry and forest encroachment along the border near Thailand’s Ranong province.