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Deputy PM puts Dawei SEZ back on government's agenda

Jan 15. 2021
Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow
Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow
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By The Nation

Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said he had discussed with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that Thailand should push forward the development of Myanmar’s Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and deep sea port.

He was speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Myanmar-Thailand joint high-level committee for development of the Dawei SEZ and related projects.

He added that Thailand has placed importance on the project.

He said the government would also hasten to hold a meeting between the three involved parties -- Thailand, Myanmar and Japan -- on how to proceed next.

The meeting will also discuss Myanmar's cancellation of contracts with the Italian-Thai Development Company and partners to develop the project's first phase.

Supattanapong said the Thai government has still maintained a loan of Bt4.5 billion earmarked for Myanmar to build a road connecting the border of Kanchanaburi province and Dawei.

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