December 26, 2012
The government has authorised a lo cal company to rebuild two roads to connect districts in Champassak province with neighbouring countries, at a cost of more than US$100 million.
The project aims to improve the road network in southern Laos in a bid to promote trade, investment and tourism as well as boost development in rural areas.
A construction agreement was signed on Monday at the Champassak Grand Hotel in the province’s capital, Pakxe district, between representatives from the government and the Duangdy Road and Bridge Construction Company.
Representing the government were Champassak provincial Governor Mr Sonexay Siphandone, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dr Khamlien Pholsena, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport Mr Bounchanh Sinthavong, and Deputy Minister of Finance Mr Santiphab Phomvihane.
Representing the company were Mr Odone Keoduangdy and Mr Khampadith Keoduangdy. Other officials from relevant sectors also attended the event.
The two roads to be upgraded are Road No. 14A and Road No. 14C. The project developer says construction will start soon and the job should be complete in 2014.
Road No. 14A starts in Soukhouma district and runs through Mounlapamok district in Champassak province to the Laos-Cambodia border. The rebuilt road will be 78km long and 9m wide.
Road No. 14C connects Mounlapamok district with Pakuay village in Soukhouma district and the Emerald Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Cambodia meet, over a distance of more than 80km.
Currently, the two roads are unpaved and narrow, which hinders the transport of goods and travel between people in southern Laos and neighbouring countries.
When the new roads are completed, they will not only bring benefits to Champassak province but other provinces such as Xekong, Saravan, Attapeu, Savannakhet and Khammuan.
Champassak is set to become a transit province with easier road access, enabling better connections between the south of Laos and Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
The project is part of government efforts to transform Laos from being a ‘landlocked’ country to a land link, and facilitate the transport of Lao goods to international markets.
The project reflects the value placed by the government on providing facilities for local people, to help them out of poverty by improving their livelihoods.
The new roads will help to improve transport between villages, districts and provinces, helping to boost social and economic development and enabling Laos to rise above least developed country status by the year 2020 as targeted.