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Myanmar: Thilawa Special Economic Zone – summary of impacts, company responses and updates

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 12 June 2014

The Thilawa Special Economic Zone is an industrial complex being developed 23 km southeast of Yangon city center in Myanmar. It is the flagship project of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA)...Residents displaced to give way to the 400-hectare initial phase of the project complain of unfair relocation agreements and a cramped, flood-prone resettlement site with substandard housing and basic infrastructure. Relocated residents say they have lost access to farmland and other livelihood opportunities, as well as access to clean water and educational opportunities for their children…Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited companies Marubeni, Mitsubishi and Sumitomo (which hold a 39% stake in the project...), as well as Toyota and Suzuki (which are reported to have expressed interest in opening operations at the SEZ) to respond…[Marubeni, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, Suzuki, and Toyota responses provided.]

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Related companies: Marubeni Mitsubishi Group Sumitomo Group Suzuki Toyota