Work on the track is currently underway and will be finished by 2019, according to the Mon State Transport Minister.
The UN says that one in four people in Burma live in low-quality housing, exposing them to greater threats during natural disasters.
Discrimination against workers standing up for their rights in Burma’s garment industry was highlighted this month after a union leader was fired at a factory supplying fashion brand H&M.
Located in southeastern Burma by the Andaman Sea, Dawei, or Tavoy, is set to be a strategic channel for connecting with trade partners around the South China Sea.
President Htin Kyaw this week acknowledged the country’s many development needs, saying the biggest obstacle to achieving these goals is money.
Former residents of the area now being used as part of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone say they haven’t been adequately compensated for the loss of their land.