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Thai PM set to visit Naypyidaw in September

Following President Thein Sein’s visit to the ‘Land of Smiles’ in July, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is set to arrive in Naypyidaw on 13 September, reports The Nation.

The Thai PM’s two-day visit is likely to focus on the countries’ joint-development of the Dawei deep-sea port in southern Burma and review the bilateral agreements that were inked between the two leaders in Bangkok last month.

According to a report in The Nation, “the MoUs, particularly the one on Dawei, have sent strong signals to foreign investors that the two governments are committed to developing the strategic economic corridor.”

Dawei has long been viewed as an integral component to Burma’s economic integration with its wealthier neighbouring countries.

However, the project has been racked with problems as developers have struggled to secure funding, but both Thailand and Burma have vocalised their commitment to seeing the project through.

“In our talks, I reaffirmed the commitment of the Thai government to push forward with this cooperation with Myanmar [Burma] in regard to the development of the Dawei deep sea port to have concrete progress,” said the Thai PM during her meeting with Thein Sein in Thailand this summer, reported the AFP.


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