The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will commence preliminary studies for the construction of a deep-sea port at Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) this year, officials of the Dawei SEZ Committee said.
“JICA first proposed the study in December 2019 but the process was waylaid by COVID-19. But we discussed the subject again on May 21,” said U Myint San, vice chair of the Dawei SEZ Committee.
He added that the process will begin this year, after the monsoon season. “We will study the water levels, waves and sea conditions for the port, which is to be part of the SEZ. We also urge interested investors to participate in the initial studies,” he said.
Development of the Dawei SEZ with the aim of transforming the coastal area into Southeast Asia’s largest industrial zone was initially awarded to the Italian-Thailand Development Company (ITD) in 2008. But the project failed to take off because of financial, technological and marketing shortcomings and the contract was revoked in 2013.