Thailand, Laos open bridge to boost trade ties
THAILAND: Thailand and Laos opened a 1.6-kilometer (1 mile) bridge
Wednesday that connects the two Southeast Asian neighbors as part of a
project to improve transportation and trade among countries across the
Mekong Delta region.
The 2.5 billion baht (US$70 million; euro54 million) bridge spans the
Mekong River to connect Thailand's northeastern Mukdahan province with
Laos's Savannakhet province.
It is part of a regional effort to link Thailand and Myanmar, via
Laos, to the Vietnamese port city of Danang on the South China Sea.
Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who attended the opening
ceremony with Lao Vice President Boungnang Vorachit, said the bridge
would "improve transportation of goods, strengthen economic cooperation
and trade ties" across the Mekong region.
It is the second bridge linking the two countries. A bridge that
opened in 1994 connects Thailand's northeastern Nong Khai province with
Laos' capital, Vientiane.
BANGKOK, Wednesday, AP