Myanmar junta and Russia begin talks to revive Dawei port project

The mega-project, long put on hold over financing issues, could become the first built with foreign partners since the 2021 coup

Myanmar’s military junta has begun talks with Russia to revive the long-stalled Dawei deep-sea port project in the country’s south, according to a senior regime official.

Aung Soe, chair of the junta-controlled Dawei Special Economic Zone Management Committee, told Myanmar Now the two sides had met for preliminary discussions after the Russian embassy and several private Russian companies expressed an interest in the project.

The talks were still “at the initial stage,” he said, declining to discuss what the Russians had proposed or any other details.

“We will release the news once we have been able to reach a concrete agreement,” he said.

In March, junta chief Min Aung Hlaing told the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS that discussions were underway with Russia to construct a port capable of accommodating ships of 200,000 tons or more in the southern part of the country.

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