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Kanchanaburi to Get Ready as Gateway to Dawei in Myanmar

March 25, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Kanchanaburi, a western province of Thailand bordering Myanmar, is equipping local residents with knowledge about ASEAN. The province is also preparing to serve as a gateway to Dawei, which is being developed as a Special Economic Zone in Myanmar.
The Kanchanaburi Provincial Administrative Organization on 21 March 2014 held a meeting of members of the public and private sectors, educational institutions, and civil organizations to discuss various projects in preparation of the implementation of the ASEAN Community in late 2015.UHR 2 Article-Banners-250-x-250-pixels

The meeting was told that the project on the development of the Dawei Deep-Sea Port is only 160 kilometers from the Ban Phu Nam Ron permanent border checkpoint in Kanchanaburi. Once completed, it will serve as a new economic gateway for Thailand, Myanmar, and other ASEAN member states, as well as China.

Located 129 kilometers west of Bangkok, Kanchanaburi shares a common border of 347 kilometers with Myanmar. Thai-Myanmar border trade is now on the rise. The development of the Dawei Deep- Sea Port is expected to help support Thailand’s plan to become a logistics hub in this region, with Kanchanaburi province as the core.

The Kanchanaburi Provincial Administrative Organization attaches great importance to enhancing the potential and skills of local people, so that they will be able to compete effectively in the ASEAN market. The organization also supports projects to equip them with skills in English and other ASEAN languages.

Meanwhile, Kanchanaburi Rajabhat University has set up an ASEAN Studies Center as a source for in-depth information about the opening up of the gateway to Dawei. The ASEAN Studies Center is working as a network with other relevant organizations in Thailand and various universities in other ASEAN Member States.

It also serves as a learning and research center, which collects information about ASEAN business, education, research, and culture for investors and other interested persons. Emphasis is placed on information about the development of the Dawei Deep-Sea Port, together with the Dawei industrial estate and related supporting facilities, since Dawei shares a border with Kanchanaburi.

Moreover, Kanchanaburi Rajabhat University is located in the strategic area linking Thailand with Myanmar through the Ban Phu Nam Ron border checkpoint and the Dawei Deep-Sea Port.

In addition, Kanchanaburi province has established a policy to develop itself as a city of learning, under a training program on the use of languages for communication with people in neighboring countries.

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