Location earmarked for Laos-Cambodia bridge
Lao and Cambodian officials have earmarked a location for the planned bridge across the Xelamphao River linking Laos and Cambodia to encourage people-to-people visits and boost tourism in the region.
The bridge will link Nonyang village in Mounlapamok district of Laos' southernmost province of Champassak with Thapeuay sub-district in Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.
The bridge location was identified when a Lao and Cambodian joint working team carried out a field survey late last month and agreed on the location.
The prime ministers of Laos and Cambodia finalised an agreement to build the bridge on November 23, 2016, when they met in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. They believe the bridge will facilitate people-to-people visits and boost trade and tourism between the two neighbours.
The joint working team will report the findings of their survey to the governments of both countries to seek guidance so that further steps can be taken and construction can go ahead, according to the press release.
A Lao official who joined the field survey told Vientiane Times that officials from both sides have not yet discussed the details of the bridge.
“The project is still in the early stages. We just carried out a survey to identify the location of the bridge and report to the two governments so they can provide further guidance,” he said.
The details will be the next steps that the relevant ministries from the two countries need to work on together, the official added.
The planned construction of the bridge is set to add fuel to the two governments' efforts to enhance connectivity in order to accelerate trade and investment in the region.
Early last month, the two governments opened a new border crossing, the Nong Nokkhiane-Trapeang Kriel international border checkpoint, linking the Nong Nokkhiane area of Khong district in Champassak province to the Trapeang Kriel area of Cambodia's Stung Treng province.
Laos and Cambodia agreed to promote investment and trade cooperation between their neighbouring provinces after the value of bilateral trade reached US$24.5 million in 2015.
Laos also receives a large number of Cambodian tourists. From January to September 2016, a total of 11,924 Cambodian nationals visited Laos, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 1, 2017)