Write on Monday, 24 June 2013 Published in Dawei

Some 200 villagers who live along the Dawei-Kanchanaburi highway gathered in September 2012 in Kaw Htee Lor village to pray and call for a stop to the destruction of their livelihoods by the impact of the construction of the Dawei-Kachanaburi Road and the Dawei Industry Zone. Photo: Daweiproject.blogspot.com

The Dawei Watch Group has said that a local resident is planning to sue the Italian-Thai Construction Company (ITD) for losses incurred when the Thai firm built a highway through his land in Yay Phyu Township.

Win Lwin Oo says he lost two acres of farmland because of the highway construction which leads from the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Tanintharyi Region to Kanchanaburi in Thailand.

Write on Monday, 24 June 2013 Published in Trade

Plan for the Thai-backed Dawei Special Economic Zone in southern Myanmar.

Bangkok Post

With the lack of proper law and infrastructure in Myanmar, foreign investors should have second thoughts about the country, says Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development.

Global investment is now focused on Myanmar, Mongolia and Mozambique, three resource-rich countries referred to as the M3. But Mr Supachai urges caution before putting money into Myanmar, saying it is not ready for foreign investment.

"If you ask me, I have doubts about Myanmar, and businesses should be careful, as Myanmar needs to improve in many aspects such as commercial and investment law as well as infrastructure," he told a University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce forum entitled "Thailand's Future: How to Lead Trade and Investment in Asean's Frontier".

Myanmar also has geopolitical issues with China and India, he said.

Mr Supachai counsels investors to conduct thorough studies before placing a big bet on Myanmar.

"We need to provide sustainable investment for Myanmar, not just extract resources, split money with the government and leave," he said.

"We need to invest and transfer technology to the people to provide them skills even after the resources are used up."

Regarding investment in the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone, Mr Supachai said the project will greatly benefit Thailand despite the current uncertainty involving Japan and other parties.

Meanwhile, Mozambique is another interesting option that mainly draws investment from Brazil, as both countries speak Portuguese, he said.

Mr Supachai suggests Asean nations separate politics and economics in terms of managing their countries, or else economic management will be improperly determined by politics.

"If you ask me, from my whole life experience, self-sufficiency is very important and can be applied to everything including governing a country," he said.

This article first appeared in the Bangkok Post on June 22, 2013.

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Write on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 Published in Natural Resources

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The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is looking to build a U$3.2 billion coal-fired power plant in Dawei, according to a report in Bernama.

According to the EGAT governor, the proposed plant will produce 1,800 megawatts of electricity and Thailand will be able to buy the excess power.

Write on Friday, 22 March 2013 Published in Investment

Deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra visited Dawei on Thursday.
Write on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 Published in Investment

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