Coal-powered developments threaten Cambodia’s largest national park

Cambodia’s government has granted permission for a new special economic zone (SEZ) and coal-fired power plant within the lush Botum Sakor National Park in coastal Koh Kong province. The SEZ would create another loosely regulated industrial area within a biodiverse primary forest. Late last year, Koh ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Phú Quốc set to live up to its Special economic zone status

With its advantages fully recognised, the southern “emerald island” of Phú Quốc off of Kiên Giang Province is set to live up to its title of a special administrative-economic zone.Keep reading ...

SEZs in Myanmar should learn from international experience

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Myanmar should encourage policy experimentation and focus on tech spillovers, an economist told The Myanmar Times. By early June, 95 percent of the land plots in Thilawa SEZ zone A had been sold and the building of manufacturing plants is ...

Further delays hindering initial phase of Dawei SEZ kick off

The initial project of Dawei SEZ has been delayed due to the required approval for environmental and social impact assessment reports and the signing of land lease contract, deputy minister for the Ministry of Commerce U Aung Htoo said. “As the pre-requite conditions by both ...

MOU on Kyauk Phyu SEZ likely in August

An MOU between China and Myanmar relating to a national-level framework for the Kyauk Phyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is likely to be signed by August, a spokesperson of Kyauk Phyu SEZ Management Committee told The Myanmar Times during an exclusive interview on August 4.Read ...

Chinese company keen to develop special economic zone in Champassak

The government has given the green light for a Chinese company to conduct a feasibility study on developing the Khonphapheng Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Champassak province. The Chinese company had informed authorities that it wants to invest US$10 billion to develop the SEZ, the ...

PM warns Formosa against future environmental violations

Environmental protection must be considered the decisive factor in future operations of the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Hà Tĩnh Iron and Steel Co (FHS), Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said yesterday.Keep reading ...

Lack of accountability and clarity in SEZ Law highlighted in Dawei

An inadequate legal framework, poor implementation process, absence of accountabilities and the lack of transparency lead to violations of human rights and environmental disruption in Myanmar’s Special Economic Zones, speakers at the Myanmar Special Economic Zones Forum highlighted.Read more ...

Cabinet mulls ways to boost investment in special economic zones

The government cabinet has been exploring ways to better facilitate and promote investment in Special Economic Zones, after many zones have been set up in the provinces and in Vientiane. The cabinet on September 26 convened an extraordinary meeting and discussed a draft of the Law on ...

Investment grows at SEZs

Over US$1 billion has been disbursed in various business activities and the development of special and specific economic zones, driven by growing regional economic integration. Almost 300 companies from Laos and overseas are now investing in the SEZs, with a total registered capital of almost US$8 ...

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