ROAD LINKING MYANMAR AND THAILAND TO BE UPGRADED
A proper highway will soon connect the planned special economic zone at Dawei in southeastern Myanmar with Thailand’s road network, The Irrawaddy, a Myanmar website, reported on November 2. In accordance with an agreement signed on November 1 between the governments of Thailand and Myanmar, the now existing, secondary road will be upgraded and connect with the border crossing at Htee Khee in Myanmar’s Thanintharyi Region and Ban Phu Nam Ron in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province.
(Source: Asia Times, November 5, 2018)
The new highway will link the planned deep-sea port at the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar with Thailand, speeding up the movement of goods. The upgrade will be mainly on the Myanmar side of the border and the Myanmar authorities will allow Thailand’s Neighboring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NCEDCA) to carry out design work and build the highway. The Dawei Special Economic Zone is part of a US$10 billion project that includes high-tech industrial zones, export-processing zones and a deep sea port. When finished, this is expected to be Southeast Asia’s largest industrial complex and the port would be a potential boon for firms relying on the transport of goods via the crowded Malacca Strait.