|Workers load bags of rubber sheets and cotton onto a Chinese ship in the Thai port of Chiang Saen on the Mekong river, March 29, 2008, in the Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand, where the Mekong river meets at the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA|
The leaders of Japan and five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River plan to craft a new strategy in July for Tokyo to contribute to sustainable development of the Mekong region beyond 2015, according to the Bangkok Post on February 19.
|A motorbike passing near a road sign for the Dawei Deep Sea Project Plan in Dawei Township, Tanintharyi Division, Myanmar, January 28, 2012. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
The Thai government has announced that two Thailand-based companies, Italian-Thai Development PLC and Rojana Industrial Park, will sign a US$1.7 billion [K1,700 billion] agreement in March to help develop the long-delayed Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on February 1.
|A work crew clears and levels land at the Dawei Special Economic Zone site, in the Thanintharyi Region about 600 kilometres south of Yangon. Photo: Mizzima|
The long-awaited multibillion-dollar Dawei megaproject in Myanmar is set to get off the ground after Japan agreed on January 30 to take part and possibly offer loans for road construction linking the scheme with the Thai border, according to the Bangkok Post on January 31.
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.
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.