SEZ

SEZs under scrutiny

Date of Release: 
Jun 28 2016

Of the long list of challenges inherited by the new government when it took office in April, among the most expensive and ambitious are the special economic zones planned for Yangon and on each side of the country, on the Indian Ocean.

Conceived when Myanmar was still under military rule, the three multi-million-dollar SEZs – at Thilawa in Yangon Region, Dawei in Tanintharyi Region and Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State – have faced accusations of land grabbing and a disregard for transparency.

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Activists slam 'fast-track' order

Date of Release: 
Mar 10 2016

A grassroots network has lashed out at the use of special powers to "fast track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIA) for megaprojects.

A network of 46 civic groups, including Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation (SNF) and the Stop Global Warming Association (SGWA), issued a statement Wednesday, calling on the government to scrap an order issued on Monday by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) chief.

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Court revokes order setting up Rayong industrial estate

Date of Release: 
Mar 9 2016

RAYONG – Villagers in Muang district have won a long-running case in the Administrative Court, which on Wednesday revoked the order establishing the Lakchai Muang Yang industrial estate in their area.

The LK-Rubber Industrial City Hub was being developed by Bangkok-based Tribeca Enterprise Co Ltd, a subsidiary of rubber firm Thai Hua group.

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PM confirms SEZ assessments

Date of Release: 
Jan 27 2016

Environmental and health assessments must be conducted before the construction of power plants despite orders issued under Section 44 to clear the way for the development of 10 special economic zones (SEZs), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed yesterday.

The premier asserted that construction of power plants will depend on environment and health impact assessment (EHIA) reports and environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies.

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Danger in power plants

Date of Release: 
Jan 25 2016

The government's decision to speed up its controversial energy and development programmes is deeply disappointing. It has decided to press ahead with them without consulting the communities involved. It also is determined to bypass many environmental checks. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is employing the draconian Section 44 of the temporary constitution, a doomed provision that will soon expire.

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Rakhine locals to dispute SEZ tender

Date of Release: 
Jan 8 2016

Local people will meet with government ministers, lawyers and representatives from CITIC and the SEZ’s Bid Evaluation and Awarding Committee (BEAC), according to U Tun Kyi, secretary of Kyaukphyu Regional Development Association, a local NGO.

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Suspicion hangs over SEZ rush

Date of Release: 
Jan 5 2016

The second phase of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) will start in Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Phanom, Narathiwat and Nong Khai provinces this year.

Residents in Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai recently formed a conservation group to protect a 3,000-rai forest zone in Ban Boon Reung, targeted for the second phase.

The area is one of the most abundant wetlands in the north. It produces food, holds water run-off and sustains the Ing River, a tributary of the Mekong.

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Japan invests in Dawei

Date of Release: 
Dec 15 2015

The multibillion-dollar Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and related projects will go ahead at full scale after Japan yesterday agreed to take a one-third equity stake in the associated special purpose vehicle (SPV) jointly set up by Myanmar and Thailand.

The deal was struck at the fifth Myanmar-Thailand Joint High-Level Committee Meeting that was attended by top officials from all three countries.

Japan's equity holding will be equal to Myanmar's and Thailand's.

The SPV currently has maximum registered capital of Bt100 million.

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SEZ proposals strike fear in villagers

Date of Release: 
Nov 18 2015

NO HEAVY industry will be promoted in the proposed special economic zones (SEZs) in the border provinces, government officials have emphasised.

However, locals near the proposed economic zone in Tak's Mae Sot district said they feared their livelihoods would soon be changed forever as people in two villages would have to move away from their land.

They were also worried about the future environmental impact of the industrial estates.

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