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After all, Dawei could be at the crossroads of commerce, linking Southeast Asia and the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean via the Andaman Sea, importing goods from Middle Eastern, European and African nations and boosting economic expansion throughout the ASEAN area, industrial resources say. On November 2 in Nay Pyi Taw, Italian-Thai Development concluded a master contract to further the development of the Myanmar Port Authority under the Ministry of Transportation.
It includes the expansion of Dawei as a deepwater port and a 250 sq km large industry area with sea, highway and railway connections to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It will include a mill, fertilizer factory, hydroelectric station, petro-chemical industry, petroleum refining, shipyards and other utilities, as well as a gas transmission line between Dawei and Pu Nam Ron in the Kanchanaburi province of Thailand.
This 60-year arrangement may be renewed by common accord. One of the first steps is the construction of a cross-border highway from Dawei to Pu Nam Ron. Over the next 10 years, the remainder of the projects will be carried out in three stages. Dawei is the first special economic zone in Myanmar, the state paper The New Light of Myanmar said on November 3.
As part of the contract, a 4000 megawatt capacity hydroelectric unit will be constructed, including a 219 million m3 hydroelectric reservoir and 975,000 m3 of wastewater treatment facility per year. Dawei's 170 km eight-lane motorway and railway connection to the Thai frontier will be expanded via the Greater Mekong subregional Greater Mekong to Vung Tau and Quy Nhon in Vietnam via Sisophon, Cambodia and Bangkok.
According to the document, crude petroleum and pipeline systems are installed alongside roads and railways. Myanmar and Thailand's Foreign Ministers concluded an Understanding on the continuation of the Dawei Accord at a extraordinary ASEAN Foreign Ministers' session in Singapore on 19 May 2008.
"Myanmar and Thailand merchants will benefit from this operation. The connection to the ASEAN motorway system will allow Myanmar's resources to enter the local markets quickly and smoothly," said a high-ranking Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry officials.