Myanmar industrial park eyed for 2015

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Thilawa Port, 25 kilometers south of Yangon, currently under construction

Myanmar’s first industrial park, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon, will open in 2015, the country’s Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, U Set Aung, said at the signing of a development agreement with Japan’s Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Nobuhiko Sasaki, on December 21.

The 6,000 acre development, financed by Japan, “will create new jobs and aid poverty alleviation efforts,” Aung said.

The Thilawa project is located in Yangon’s Thanlyin township. Under the agreement, work will begin on the project next year. A port and the industrial park will be operating in 2015.

Tokyo has already written off massive debts owed by Myanmar, and Japanese media in November reported that Japan would pledge a fresh $615 million in loans, a significant portion for the Thilawa project – although no final figures have been released.

U Set Aung said the zone will create employment for Myanmar working abroad illegally and also rural poor who migrate to Yangon, the Myanmar Times reported.

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Thilawa Port, 25 kilometers south of Yangon, currently under construction

Myanmar’s first industrial park, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon, will open in 2015, the country’s Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, U Set Aung, said at the signing of a development agreement with Japan’s Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Nobuhiko Sasaki, on December 21.

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Thilawa Port, 25 kilometers south of Yangon, currently under construction

Myanmar’s first industrial park, the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon, will open in 2015, the country’s Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, U Set Aung, said at the signing of a development agreement with Japan’s Vice Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Nobuhiko Sasaki, on December 21.

The 6,000 acre development, financed by Japan, “will create new jobs and aid poverty alleviation efforts,” Aung said.

The Thilawa project is located in Yangon’s Thanlyin township. Under the agreement, work will begin on the project next year. A port and the industrial park will be operating in 2015.

Tokyo has already written off massive debts owed by Myanmar, and Japanese media in November reported that Japan would pledge a fresh $615 million in loans, a significant portion for the Thilawa project – although no final figures have been released.

U Set Aung said the zone will create employment for Myanmar working abroad illegally and also rural poor who migrate to Yangon, the Myanmar Times reported.

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