Vice President U Henry Van Thio, chairman of the Myanmar Special Economic Zone Central Committee, went on an inspection tour of the Dawei SEZ project in Dawei, Taninthayi Region yesterday.
Accompanied by Union Minister Dr Than Myint and Deputy Ministers Dr Tun Naing and U Kyaw Myo, the Vice President heard reports on land use, establishment of a new town, regional development undertakings, progress of the Dawei SEZ project implementation and works to be done, electricity supply works for the SEZ and its environs, progress in construction of a small port and future works and implementation of the project through a trilateral cooperation of Myanmar, Japan and Thailand.
In his address, the Vice President called for creation of pre-assessments on environmental and social impacts and ensuring electricity and water supply and road transport.
He stressed the need of collaborative efforts between local people and officials, including those from Dawei SEZ management committee to bring benefit to the country, saying that the project will be of benefit to tourism development in Dawei region, including Maungmagan beach.
Next, the Vice President and party inspected the small port built to facilitate shipments of construction materials for implementation of the project and a deep-sea port and designated industrial zones.
They then went to Maungmagan beach and held talks with officials concerned on preparation for development of the beach and utilization of lands in line with the law and rules and regulations.
Myanmar and Thailand agreed to implement the Dawei SEZ plan in 2008. In November, 2010, the two countries inked an agreement to expedite the project and the two foreign ministers signed an MoU in February, 2012. Plans are underway for successful implementation of the project through the trilateral cooperation of Myanmar, Japan and Thailand.—Myanmar News Agency