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Thai premier pushes Dawei to Japan

Bangkok Post

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is banking on close ties and mutual trust to entice Japanese investors to support the Dawei deep-water port and other megaprojects.

Photograph of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking hands with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra the Prime Minister's Office on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Photo: Photo: kantei.go.jpConfidence, trust and friendship will bring benefits for both countries, the prime minister told a forum on "Building a Strong Foundation for Thailand and Asean" yesterday [May 22], shortly after arriving in Tokyo on a four-day official visit.

Ms Yingluck strongly reaffirmed her confidence in the Dawei project, which aims to turn a quiet Myanmar town into a thriving Indian Ocean port and industrial zone. She said the Dawei port, after construction, will be able to serve industries inside an area of 200 square kilometres, and serve as a gateway to South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Thailand and Myanmar have joined hands on the project.

Ms Yingluck also called on Japanese businesses to take part in Thailand's 2-trillion-baht infrastructure programme, which includes building dual-track and high-speed rail, and the water management scheme worth 350 billion baht (US$10 billion).

Ms Yingluck will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today [May 23].

This article first appeared in the Bangkok Post on May 23, 2013.

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