The construction of a 140-kilometer two-lane highway connecting the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Tanintharyi Region to the Htikhee at the Thai border will commence in mid-2021, according to the Dawei SEZ Management Committee. When complete, it will take travellers from the SEZ about 2.5 hours to reach Htikhee by car. It will take another two hours to reach Bangkok from Htikhee.
The Ministry of Construction will oversee the project, which will be carried out with a loan from Thailand’s Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA).
An environmental impact assessment and social impact assessment were recently approved.
The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry is preparing to sign the loan agreement with NEDA and a tender is expected to take place next year.
Chan Mya Htwe