|Construction underway at the Dawei Special Economic Zone site. Photo: Mizzima|
China is showing interest in reviving long-standing proposals for a deep-water canal through the narrowest part of Thailand’s long peninsula to link the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea.
|Excavation work underway at the Dawei Special Economic Zone site in Myanmar. Photo: Mizzima|
The Myanmar government is expected to sign an agreement with two Thai construction companies to start developing the first phase of the Dawei megaproject, the Bangkok Post reported on March 3.
The Thai Human Rights Commission claims the Italian-Thai Development Company and the Thai authorities have washed their hands over any loss suffered by local Dawei people caused by the Dawei Special Economic Zone project claiming responsibility now lies with the Myanmar government, according to an NGO spokesperson.
Residents under the banner of the Dawei Development Association (DDA) issued a statement October 9 calling on the Thai and Myanmar leaders to delay reviving the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) until problems associated with the project and international standards are addressed.
The Dawei Special Economic Zone management committee has invited two companies to submit closed tenders aimed at restarting the troubled project, its chairman told Mizzima on August 18.
The 75-year concession granted to Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) in Dawei remains in place, but construction of the deep-sea port has stopped while the participation of international investors is being arranged, a spokesman for the Myanmar government said.