Myanmar Special Economic Zones Central Working Body coordinates ongoing tasks in Nay Pyi Taw

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Union Minister Dr. Than Myint and attendees pose for the photo at the coordination meeting of Myanmar Special Economic Zones Central Working Body in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The Coordination meeting of Myanmar Special Economic Zones Central Working Body (2/2019) was held yesterday at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Commerce in Nay Pyi Taw.
Chairman of working body and Union Minister for Commerce, Dr. Than Myint, delivered an address.
The Union Minister said that this is the second meeting held in 2019 and cooperation would be made to find methods and procedures that can be implemented to foster notable development.
Out of three Special Economic Zones (SEZs), the Thilawa Special Economic Zone can create numerous business opportunities due to its location, said the Union Minister.
He said there is gradual development in the SEZ, with a total number of 108 companies from 19 countries working there.
Moreover, negotiations are under way to implement processes in Dawei SEZ as well. Out of several former projects, experts are conducting surveys to assess construction of a two-way highway, said the Union Minister.
He said there is a great need to bring about regional development in Dawei SEZ and Taninthayi Region, and thus, these projects will be implemented as soon as possible. The Union Minister said the framework agreement for beginning the initial stages of a deep sea port in Kyaukpyu SEZ has been signed on 8 November, 2018.
He said they will strive to make the process transparent to the public and gather their cooperation. At the same time, they will be cooperating with state/region governments to handle land compensation and relocation of local residents.
Next, central working body members and chairmen of the management committees from the Thilawa, Kyaukpyu and Dawei SEZs clarified the implementation process and ongoing schemes. Departmental heads then engaged in discussions, after which, the Union Minister delivered the closing remarks.
Later in the afternoon, Union Minister Dr. Than Myint received Italian Ambassador Mrs. Alessandra Schiavo and her delegation.
They discussed matters concerning creation of employment opportunities and cooperative measures to promote the bilateral trade and investment between the two countries, Myanmar’s exports of value-added agricultural products to Italy, food safety, good packaging products, and innovation and technological cooperation. — MNA
(Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)

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