By Theingi Htun Aung Thura
Dawei, Tanintharyi, Myanmar, November 26, 2015
The Dawei Special Economic Zone has been championed by both the Myanmar and Thai governments as a promising industrial development for Myanmar, yet there have been difficulties getting the project off the ground.
According to the agreement, the initial phase of the project must be carried out on the 7-square-kilometre land allotted for the special zone, and 65 percent of construction must be completed within three years from the signing date. In the meantime, Italian-Thai Development has been building infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water supplies and buildings.
In the drive to develop the area into a major industrial zone, some residents have voiced concerns that the Dawei SEZ will negatively affect them.
To date, there have been many problems to be solved that have affected the community and land in the area including the problem of compensation for land acquisition, and workers’ affairs, and environmental issues.
Mizzima recently interviewed Deputy Transport Minister U Han Sein, who is the Chairman of the Dawei Special Economic Zone Management Committee, about how the government is handling the project.
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