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Burma: Displacement, environment, labour concerns raised over Italian-Thai Development Company's Dawei deep-sea port project; company responds

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11 January 2012

Burma: Displacement, environment, labour concerns raised over Italian-Thai Development Company's Dawei deep-sea port project

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Two news reports appeared in December 2011 citing alleged abuses – including displacement, environmental degradation and labour concerns -- in connection with the Dawei (Tavoy) deep-sea port development project on the Burmese-Thai border being developed by the Italian-Thai Development Company. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Italian-Thai Development Company to respond; the company sent the following response: "...As part of the feasibility study for the Dawei development project, extensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on OECD standards are being conducted together with Social Impact Assessment (SIA). In addition, a comprehensive Environmental Management and Monitoring plan will be put in place...For the villagers protest and local resident’s issue, ITD would like to feed back that ITD and DDC are committed to being a responsible corporate global citizen in all locals where they operate..."

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10 January 2012

Dawei Power Plant Canceled [Burma]

Author: Patrick Boehler, Irrawaddy

Burma's Minister of Electrical Power No. 2 Khin Maung Soe has announced that the construction of a 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant in the Dawei Special Economic Zone is to be canceled...reasoning that the government learned of the potential environmental impact of the power plant through media reports...Thailand's largest construction firm, the Italian-Thai Development Company (ITD), was in 2010 granted concessions by the Burmese government to develop [the power plant & many other facilities including a deep-sea port]...ITD was not aware of the cancellation of the project, company representative Thin Aung told the AFP yesterday.

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