Thailand and Japan have discussed possible Japanese investment in the Dawei Special Economic Zone project in Myanmar.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, discussed the issue with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, on 23 May 2013.
Mr. Surapong is accompanying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to attend the 19th International Conference on "The Future of Asia," organized by Nikkei Inc. and the Japan Center for Economic Research in Tokyo.
Concerning the Dawei Special Economic Zone project, Mr. Surapong noted that Japan as well as other countries in the region would benefit from the linkage of the Indian and Pacific Oceans through the East-West Economic Corridor, which would lower logistics costs and allow tighter supply chains.
During the discussion, both Mr. Surapong and Mr. Kishida expressed their satisfaction with Thai-Japanese relations and their determination to strengthen this important partnership, which is built not only on mutual economic interests but also shared values. The two sides also exchanged views on regional issues and discussed cooperation to strengthen regional peace and prosperity.
Mr. Surapong expressed Thailand’s wish to step up cooperation with Japan in the area of human resource development to build a more highly skilled workforce in Thailand, which would also benefit Japanese investors. He also hoped to see the participation of the Japanese private sector in Thailand’s 2.2-trillion-baht infrastructure development projects, where emphasis would be on transparency and application of appropriate technologies.
The two sides noted with satisfaction that the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue relations in 2013 would be marked by several commemorative activities and were pleased that Prime Minister Yingluck would attend the ASEAN-Japan Commemorating Summit Meeting toward the end of the year.
Mr. Kishida said that Japan was bidding to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and hoped to receive Thailand’s support in this endeavor.