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Japanese investors worry about labour shortage at Thilawa SEZ

Japanese investors are worried about labour shortages at the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, a senior official with the Japan External Trade Organisation said at the Sedona Hotel on March 18 after a forum aimed at promoting investment in the SEZ.

About 1,000 job opportunities would be created at the SEZ after it was completed but Japanese investors were worried about a labour shortage, said Mr Masaki Takahara, the executive manager director of JETRO’s Yangon office.

The chairman of the Myanmar-Japan Thilawa Development Company, Mr Takashi Yani, also said the possibility of labour shortages was one of the biggest concerns among prospective investors in the SEZ, along with infrastructure and shortages of electricity and water.

“We would negotiate with the government if we encountered a shortage of workers,” said MrYani.

At a news conference after the forum, MrTakahara also said that about 100 Japanese companies were interested in investing in the SEZ, mainly in the food manufacturing and automotive sectors.

Prospective Japanese investors were given an early morning tour of the SEZ and Thilawa port before attending the forum.

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