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Burma Must Take Ownership of Dawei SEZ: Thai Govt

24 July 2013

The Thai government’s planning unit says the success of the Dawei megaport project in Tenasserim Division depends on the will of Burma’s government and the country’s ongoing reform process, the Bangkok Post reports. The secretary-general of Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) told a forum recently that Japan “still questions whether Thailand or Myanmar owns the Dawei project,” and that “Myanmar must show it owns the bulk of the project within its borders.” Japanese investors, who have approached the project with caution, are seen as critical to the success of the Thai-backed port and industrial estate.