Establishment of a Consortium for the development of the Thilawa SEZ

Oct. 29. 2013

Marubeni Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation are pleased to announce the establishment of a new consortium to develop the Thilawa Special Economic Zone project in Myanmar. Following a feasibility study undertaken over the past several months, the consortium will be a product of collaboration between the three partners and a public-private partnership comprising the Government of Myanmar and local enterprises. The consortium will focus on developing the “Class A Area”, the section of the Thilawa Special Economic Zone designated for initial development. 

Japan-Myanmar Consortium
MMS Thilawa, an equal investment limited liability partnership established by Mitsubishi Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation in April 2013, will contribute 49% of the capital for the project, while 51% will be provided by the Government of Myanmar and local enterprises to form an entity, tentatively named Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development Ltd. (MJTD). Located in Yangon, Myanmar, MJTD will acquire rights to 400 hectares of property from the Government of Myanmar, and will proceed to develop a high-quality industrial zone. Property development is expected to be undertaken by Japan’s Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd. and a consortium of construction firms from Myanmar. The Thilawa Special Economic Zone is scheduled to commence in 2015.

Feasibility Study
The Thilawa Special Economic Zone occupies a wide area of 2,400 hectares of land approximately 20 km southwest of the Myanmar capital, Yangon. This is a prime location which boasts an abundant labor population and can utilize existing nearby port facilities. The three companies started a joint feasibility study and environmental impact assessment in the summer of 2012 regarding the investment in the 400-hectare Class A Area, the section of the property slated for initial development. Upon approval from the Myanmar Government, the project construction will be underway.

The three companies believe the project will attract wide interest from Japanese and other foreign companies seeking to invest in Myanmar, and contribute to overall industrialization, increased employment, and economic development in the country. Collaboration with the Japanese and Myanmar governments will continue in order to realize this project. 

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MMS Thilawa
Location                         : 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Activities            : Development and marketing of industrial complex in Myanmar; 
                                      establishment of local management company
Shareholder Composition   : Mitsubishi Corporation, 33.3%; Sumitomo Corporation, 33.3%;
                                      Marubeni Corporation, 33.3%

MJ Thilawa Development Ltd
Location                      : Thilawa, Yangon, Myanmar
Business Activities         : Development, marketing and management of Thilawa industrial zone
Shareholder Composition : Government of Myanmar/Private Companies, 51%;
                                           MMS Thilawa, 49%

Mitsubishi Corporation
Headquarters        : 2-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Activities : Mitsubishi Corporation has six Business Groups which develop
                                operations in the diverse fields of Industrial Finance, Logistics &
                                Development, Energy, Metals, Machinery, Chemicals and Living
                                Essentials. In addition to these Business Groups, Mitsubishi Corporation
                                has also recently established the Business Service Group and Global
                                Environment & Infrastructure Business Development Group.
Representative      : Ken Kobayashi, President and CEO
Founded               : April 1, 1950
No. of Employees  : 65,975 (consolidated, as of March 30, 2013)

Marubeni Corporation
Headquarters        : 1-4-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Activities : Through its local and international network, Marubeni Corporation
                                provides products and services in a broad range of sectors,
                                encompassing import and export as well as transactions in the Japanese
                                market, related to food materials, food products, textiles, materials, pulp
                                and paper, chemicals, energy, metals, machinery, finance logistics,
                                information technology, infrastructure development and a range of other
                                fields, including resources development and investments on a global
Representative      : Fumiya Kokubu, President and CEO, Director
Founded               : December 1, 1949
No. of Employees   : 33,566 (consolidated, as of March 30, 2013)

Sumitomo Corporation
Headquarters        : 1-8-11 Harumi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8610 Japan
Business Activities : Sumitomo Corporation engages in multifaceted business activities
                                benefitting from our Integrated Corporate Strength, selling a variety of
                                domestic products and services, conducting import/ export and trilateral
                                business transactions, providing domestic and international business
                                investment, and participating in numerous other profitable activities
                                facilitated by our global network and the relationships of trust built with
                                corporate business partners and consumers in various industrial sectors
                                around the world.
Representative     : Kuniharu Nakamura, President and CEO
Founded              : December 24, 1919
No. of Employees  : 73,953 (consolidated, as of March 30, 2013)