Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:40 Mizzima News
Residents near the Dawei deep-sea port and special economic zone said
they want details of the agreements signed by Burma and Thailand this
week, and they want their needs to be taken into account.
Bo Aung of the Dawei Development Association, which has spoken out for
residents in land disputes and met with officials backing the Dawei
project, called on the governments to provide details of the three
memorandums of understanding signed on Monday to reaffirm their economic
cooperation on the huge energy and industrial project.
not know about the structures and components of the ministerial-level
working group which was appointed by the two countries and which will
implement the economic cooperation plans, particularly on achieving
progress on the Thai-invested Dawei seaport and economic zone,” Bo Bo
Aung told The Bangkok Post, in an article published on Wednesday.
the past, he said government and company officials have not provided
enough consultation and information sharing with local residents, which
has caused widespread concern about livelihoods in the agriculture-based
He said the two governments and the companies involved
in the nearly US$ 60 billion project need to look at the realities of
the nearby residents, who would be effected by the more than
Bo Bo Aung said it appeared that the
renewed cooperation between the two governments could attract
international financial institutions that would soon provide the backing
to fund the project. The contractor is Italian-Thai, Thailand’s largest
“People talk about positive impacts like
job opportunities, but the local people here are more skilled in farming
than in working at deep-sea ports and industrial estates,” Bo Bo Aung
“They should be trained in skills that will enable them to
work in the new business environment before imposing the projects on the
local people,” he told The Post.
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