Construction work has begun on Thai-Burmese Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Mae Sot, Tak province, with many additional labourers needed, according to the director of the construction work, Jyirot Puprasut.
The development will include a second Friendship Bridge to complement the Asian Highway, which will ultimately link Bangkok to Rangoon, as well as supermarkets, hotels, and offices for international businesses.
The director said that Thailand is eager to implement extra SEZ projects as quickly as possible, where the Thai government will give tax waivers to businesses and factories in the Zone for the first 4-5 years of operation.
Tak Deputy Administrator Suthar Hsaiwanit said that while some conditions for the workers are still being discussed, such as whether Burmese workers would return to the Myawaddy side in the evenings, or if they would be granted a 30- or 90-day stay permit. However, he confirmed that Thailand would provide health insurance for Burmese nationals working in the Zone.
A ceremony for the No. 2 Bridge will be held on 30 August on the Mae Sot side of the border.