Thailand, Myanmar sign MoUs on economic cooperation

July 23, 2012 10:41 pm 

BANGKOK, July 23 — Thailand and Myanmar on Monday signed three agreements covering cooperation in developing the Dawei special economic zone during the official visit of the Myanmar President to Thailand.

Visiting Myanmar President Thein Sein met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House on the second day of his three-day visit.

The two countries signed three agreements including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Comprehensive Development in the Dawei Special Economic Zone and its Related Project Areas, an MOU on Development Cooperation in Myanmar and a Joint Statement for the Establishment of an Energy Forum.

“I reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to work closely with Myanmar on the development of the Dawei deep seaport which both sides agreed would be connected with the Laem Chabang deep seaport in Thailand to promote the interests of both countries and those of the region,” Ms Yingluck said in her statement to the press.

She also said that the morning discussion with the Myanmar president had both sides agreeing to set up a working group at the ministerial level that will meet in August to consider various pending issues related to bilateral cooperation in Dawei.

Thailand proposed development cooperation in four priority areas including human resources development, preparation for Myanmar to become ASEAN chair in 2014, economic reform and basic infrastructure development.

The two countries are also considering opening three permanent border checkpoints in Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Kanchanaburi as well as a temporary border checkpoint in Ratchaburi.

Thailand will help Myanmar in rice production and Thailand pledged to treat Myanmar workers fairly and ensure they have rights under the Thai law.

In a joint press conference on Monday, Ms Yingluck thanked the Myanmar president for cooperation in trade, investment, employment of Myanmar workers, illegal drug suppression.

Thailand and Myanmar will celebrate the 64th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2013, according to a statement posted on the Thai government’s official website.

President Thein Sein leaves Thailand on Tuesday. (PNA/TNA) CTB/rsm

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