Work begins on bridge at Lao Bao-Densavan border gate

Friday, 2017-08-11 14:59:17
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The ceremony to kick off construction of the Xa Ot bridge
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NDO/VNA – Construction of the Xa Ot bridge at the Lao Bao-Densavan international border gate, between Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri and Savannakhet province of Laos, kicked off on August 11.

The event forms part of the activities marking the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties (September 5) and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18).

The bridge has a total investment of VND32.9 billion (around US$1.45 million), which is funded by the Vietnamese government.

Quang Tri and Savannakhet provinces share a borderline of 126 kilometres, with the Lao Bao-Densavan border gate connecting the East-West Economic Corridor.

Once completed, the new bridge is expected to meet the growing trade and travel demands between the two provinces and Vietnam and Laos in general, thus completing the border gate traffic infrastructure and contributing to the local socio-economic development and national defence-security.

Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony, Vice Chairman of the provincial Quang Tri People’s Committee Nguyen Quan Chinh said that the work not only serves trade and travel purposes but also fosters the solidarity between the Parties and people of the two nations.

He urged the authorities of Sepon (Savannakhet) and Huong Hoa district to accelerate land clearance to facilitate the progress of the project.