Dawei Special Economic Zone calls for Japan’s collaboration

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Efforts are being made to include Japan as a strategic partner for the Dawei Special Economic Zone Project with the purpose of obtaining clean coal technology to supply electricity, according to the Dawei Special Economic Zone Management Committee.

Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and deep sea port project was started in 2008 attracting criticism and objections from local communities and civic organisations. One of the focuses of this attention was the inclusion of coal plants as a means for supplying electricity.

“Our country need to construct coal plants to generate power to fulfil the needs of electricity. For that reason, Japan is needed to join the giant project as a strategic partner,” said Thura Thaung Lwin, chairman of the Dawei Management Committee.

After initial concerns about the Dawei project, Japan is currently investing in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project at President Thein Sein’s invitation.

An invitation letter signed by ministers from Myanmar and Thailand was officially sent to Japan on April 24 to encourage them to invest in the Dawei SEZ. A follow-up tripartite meeting including Myanmar, Thailand and Japan was held in Thailand on June 17.

“The next tripartite meeting will be organised by Thailand. Nothing is known yet. Our invitation to Japan is meant not for investment in the project but for a third country to be a strategic partner to manage the profit sharing,” said deputy minister Hset Aung of National Planning and Economic Development.

The construction of two natural gas plants and a coal plant project is to be completed by 2015 to fulfil the electricity needs for the Dawei project.

Source: Eleven Media

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