EU, Myanmar agree to cooperate in business, tourism and mining



NAY PYI TAW—The European Union and Myanmar have signed a packet of agreements to cooperate in business, tourism and mining sectors.

“We’ve come here to help Myanmar improve the living standards of its people,” Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU said, following a meeting held in the Myanmar capital on Friday.

The two sides of the EU-Myanmar Taskforce released a joint statement saying that they will work together on small- and medium-sized enterprises, tourism and mining businesses.

Between 2014 and 2020, Myanmar will become an Asian nation that largely benefits from cooperation with the EU, the release said. The EU has also planned to provide between €75-90 million (Ks 98.55-118.27 billion) in annual aid for development work in Myanmar.

The accords signed at the EU-Myanmar Taskforce meeting included agreements to hold policy-related discussions on small- and medium-sized enterprises, and raw materials; cooperation on long-term development of the tourism industry; a joint statement on the EU’s provision of aid for development; cooperation between European investment banks and Myanmar; and cooperation in agriculture.

Major General Gwan Maw,KIA,will leave for Thailand to attend a meeting of Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team


YANGON—Major General Gwan Maw, deputy chief of staff of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), will leave for Thailand to attend a meeting of Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) formed during the Laiza meeting of ethnic armed organizations, according to Lamaing Gwan Jar of the Peace Coordination Group (PCG).


Maj-Gen Gwan Maw arrived in Yangon today on his way to Thailand and was staying at the Business Alliance Hotel.

“Maj-Gen Gwan Maw is going to attend the meeting in Thailand. The technical task force from Myitkyina will accompany the deputy chief of staff. His visa will be available tomorrow or [Wednesday]. The deputy chief of staff will attend the meeting in Thailand with the 14 team members formed from the Laiza conference,” said Lamaing Gwan Jar, noting that the first-ever visit to Yangon by a top

KIO official is a positive sign of improving relations between the government and the ethnic armed group.

Regarding the visit of the deputy chief of staff to Yangon, inquiries were made to an official of the MPC. The official confirmed that the KIA leader would arrive in Yangon, but there was no plan to hold discussions with the MPC.

THAILAND : MR. Forrest Wayne, American, caught in Phuket on paedophilia charges

A 41-year-old American wanted on paedophilia charges in Houston, Texas, was arrested at a hotel in Soi Sai Nam Yen in Patong yesterday afternoon (November 17), after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requested Thai Police assistance the previous day.

PHUKET – November 17,2013; Forrest Wayne, a fitness trainer in Houston, was wanted for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl he befriended at the Westside Fitness Center, where he worked.

A report last Wednesday (November 13) by KTRK TV of Houston quoted police as saying that Wayne and the girl engaged in “multiple sexual encounters” at a hotel between July and October, with the last one occurring on October 10.

The FBI were brought in when it was discovered that Wayne left the US for Thailand on November 1.

On Saturday (November 16) the FBI contacted Thai Police who were able to track him down and arrested him the following day at his Patong hotel.

He has now been handed over to Phuket Immigration Police who will handle his return to the US.

MYANMAR : On November 16 government troops launched attacks against Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA)



phophtawnews – On November 16, from 6:30am to 7:30am, government troops launched attacks against Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) troops stationed between Manmauk and Tan-tay village of Manton Township in Shan State. This is a part of a series of attacks on the ethnic armed groups from the government despite talks of ceasefire.

According to a TNLA front line military officer, “two government forces soldiers were rumored to be killed and one injured from this attack. The government has opened fire on us for 3 days straight, and we have been fighting back ever since. Government troops have also launched attacks against our troops based in Namhsan Township and Mantong Township.”

The TNLA troops were prepared for the attack and launched an effective defensive attack against the government troops.  The TNLA troops suffered no casualties.

On November 13at 3pm, the government troops launched heavy-fire against TNLA troops at Tar Laet and Kalandang village in Namhsan Township. The fighting lasted 40 minutes before the government troops stopped due to defensive attacks by the TNLA forces.

According to the TNLA front line military officer, the next day on November 14at 3pm, the same government troops attacked TNLA troops again. This time the battle took place between Tar Laet and Hola Villiage in Namhsan Township. The government launched heavy fire for 30 minutes and TNLA troops retreated from their camp located between Manmauk and Tan-tay village.

Union-level Peace Work Committee (UPWC), a governmental agency, had offered TNLA a ceasefire agreement on July 31. On November 5, a draft for a nationwide ceasefire for all armed ethnic groups were presented at the Myitkyina Conference and TNLA rejected the proposal approximately a week later. TNLA demanded the government to reduce attacks as a first step to begin building trust for the ceasefire. However, despite the TNLA’s condition, the government has increased military action against TNLA in the past month.

This November, the government also launched military action against Kachin Independence Army (KIO) and Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) forces in Palaung territory.

MYANMAR BURMA : Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) closing camp at the Dawei site

Bangkok: The stalled Dawei megaport project in Myanmar has taken another twist with the initial developer, Thailand’s Italian-Thai Development quitting the project, according to local media.

The $9bn project was aimed at building a port complex around 10 times larger than Thailand’s Laem Chabang port. The framework agreement signed between the Thai developer and the Myanmar government has now lapsed. Any further progress on the much talked about port project will almost definitely need involvement from Japan, which has yet to commit cash.  [18/11/13]

Dawei Port Project-1

Sasithorn Ongdee

The Nation

Myanmar’s stalled Dawei mega-project, which Thailand has striven to get off the ground for years, appears set to pass out of Thai hands, as Japan takes on a bigger role, though the nature of this role is far from clear.

Thailand’s largest contractor, Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), which is a contract partner with the Myanmar government for Dawei project development, is now packing its bags and going home, as the framework agreement signed between the two sides has lapsed, according to a source who is close to the project.

“We’re now closing our camp at the Dawei site and have been asked to stop operations and leave there before November 21,” said the source.

The framework agreement ITD signed with the Myanmar Port Authority on November 2, 2010 was for the development of the Dawei deep-sea port, industrial estate and road and rail link to Thailand, on a build-operate-transfer basis. According to the agreement, ITD was awarded a concession period of 60 years and land-lease period up to 75 years.

The project which is located in the Dawei Special Economic Zone in southern Myanmar, 300 kilometres from western Thailand, was estimated to cost around US$8.6 billion (Bt271.8 billion) covering 205sq km of land – 10 times larger than Thailand’s Laem Chabang deep-sea port. Along with the industrial estate zone and infrastructure, there will be development of the township.

Since the government-to-government MoU signed between Myanmar and Thailand in 2008, the Dawei project has not seen much progress, with the construction of the deep-sea port and infrastructure being delayed. Fundraising is the key. There have been expressions of interest from many potential foreign investors such as Japan, China, South Korea and Singapore, but no action. Though the Thai government has strongly pushed the project, with meetings being held between Myanmar President Thein Sein and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and later between many bilateral committees, the project has yet to move forward.

Even Japan, one of the most important potential investors, has yet to commit to taking a stake in the project, saying it needs time to make a decision.

So far, ITD has built a small port, cut a road linking Thailand’s Kanchanaburi to the Dawei project site, and flattening the soil in some areas in preparation for industrial estate development. It has also made payments to compensate for the relocation of local people. This reportedly cost ITD several billion baht.

Many academics say the Dawei project is too big to be developed by one player.

The Thai government now seems to be acting primarily as a matchmaker, helping the Myanmar government find a proper investor for the Dawei project. Therefore, participants at the Joint Cooperating Committee (JCC) meeting due to be held in Bangkok on Thursday(21) are no longer expected to discuss ways of moving the project forward, the operations of ITD, or the progress of the establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and Special Purpose Companies (SPCs) to manage the port, road and rail links, power plants, water facilities, industrial estate, telecommunications network and the township.

In an interview last Wednesday, Energy Minister Pongsak Ruktapongpaisal’s said that at the JCC meeting this week an agreement would be signed to hire a consultant to evaluate the assets and work that ITD has put into the Dawei project.

Pongsak added that, “ITD will also have to stop operation until the appraisal results come out, so that the project-development right can be returned to the Myanmar government. In the meantime, ITD will only do maintenance,” Pongsak added.

Earlier, the Thai government agreed with the Myanmar government to apply a concept of SPVs and SPCs to the Dawei project’s management. But, two pending issues between ITD and the Myanmar government need to be cleared up, according to a source quoted in several newspapers.

First, ITD wants a small port and supporting road in the industrial estate to be part of the SPV or of a joint venture, Dawei SEZ Development Co (DSEZ), to be established in Thailand. But the Myanmar government wants to separate them from the Dawei SEZ. ITD can continue these projects, but the company will have to be granted a license from the Myanmar authorities. Second, ITD wants at least 28,000 rai of land for the industrial estate development, not 6,000 rai as offered initially by the Myanmar government.

Pongsak also told representatives of the Japan External Trade Organisation that Bangkok was only an adviser to the Dawei project, not an operator. In addition, the Myanmar government has referred to Japan as the major investor in the project.

Whether a second tripartite meeting between Myanmar, Japan and Thailand will be held, following the first one in Yangon last October, depends upon the outcome of the JCC meeting on Thursday.


၁၉၉၀ ALD ကို အသိအမွတ္ျပဳ ၊ ၂၀၁၀ RNDP ကို ေလးစား

Future of Arakan: ANLD plus RNDP
၁၉၉၀ ALD ကို အသိအမွတ္ျပဳ ၊ ၂၀၁၀ RNDP ကို ေလးစား
RNDP ႏွင့္ ALD ရခိုင္ ႏွစ္ပါတီ ပူးေပါင္းၿပီး
တစ္ခုတည္းေသာ ရခိုင္အမ်ိဳးသားပါတီ ANP အျဖစ္ တည္ေထာင္ေဆာင္ရြက္ၾကမည္ကို ရဟန္းရွင္လူ ရခိုင္တစ္မ်ိဳးသားလံုး က ၀မ္းေျမာက္၀မ္းသာ ႀကိဳဆိုေထာက္ခံၾကပါသည္ ။
အျမန္ဆံုး ပူးေပါင္းမိရန္လည္း ေတာင့္တလ်က္ရွိၾကသည္ ။ႏွစ္ပါတီပူးေပါင္းျခင္းသည္….
# ရခိုင္တစ္မ်ိဳးသားလံုး အက်ိဳးအတြက္သာ ျဖစ္ေစလိုသည္ ။

# လူတစ္ဦးခ်င္း ၊ ပါတီတစ္ခုခ်င္း အက်ိဴးကို ေရွ႕တန္းမတင္ၾကေစလိုပါ ။

ယခုလို ပါတီေပါင္းစည္းေရး ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနခ်ိန္မွာ ….
# လူပုဂၢိဳလ္ခ်င္း ကိုယ္ေရးကိုယ္တာ အပုတ္ခ်မွဳမ်ား မလုပ္ၾကပါႏွင့္ေတာ့

# ကိုယ့္ကိုကိုယ္ ကိုယ္ရည္ေသြးၿပီး တစ္ျခားလူကို ေ၀ဖန္ျပစ္တင္မွဳ မလုပ္ၾကပါႏွင့္ေတာ့

# ျဖစ္ေပၚလာမည့္ ANP ပါတီအတြက္ ဆရာေမြး တပည့္ေမြးလုပ္ၿပီး ႀကိဳတင္ေနရာလုမွဳမ်ိဴး မလုပ္ၾကပါႏွင့္

# တစ္ပါတီခ်င္း စည္းရံုးေရးဆင္းသည့္သေဘာေဆာင္သည့္ လုပ္ငန္းမ်ား ရပ္တန္႕သင့္ၾကၿပီ

# မေသခ်ာမေရရာသည့္ အထင္ျမင္လြဲမွားႏိုင္သည့္ သတင္းမ်ားကို
လူသိရွင္ၾကား မေဖၚထုတ္ၾကပါႏွင့္

# ျပည္မပါတီႀကီးမ်ား၏ ၾသဇာခံေနာက္ၿမီးဆြဲမဟုတ္သည့္ သီးျခားကင္းလြတ္ၿပီး ရခိုင့္အေရးကိုသာ ေရွ႕တန္းတင္ေဆာင္ရြက္ေသာ ရခိုင္ျပည္တြင္အေျခစိုက္သည့္ ရခိုင္ပါတီစစ္စစ္ ျဖစ္ေအာင္ေဆာင္ရြက္ေပးၾကပါ ။

( တစ္ပါတီတည္းကိုသာ အားကိုးတႀကီး မဲေပးခ်င္သည့္ ရခိုင္လူထု၏ ဆႏၵမ်ားသာျဖစ္ပါသည္ ။)

( Than Tun Than )