The Ministry of Transport has announced a plan to construct a bridge between Beungkan province and Laos, in an effort to boost trade and logistics between Thailand and its neighbor.
Following a meeting between representatives from the government and private sector, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Transport, Sornsak Sansombat, said a plan to increase bilateral trade, investment and transportation between the two nations was hatched, involving a project to build a bridge across the Meh Kong River connecting Thailand and Laos via Beungkan.
Mr.Sornsak stated that the construction project is currently in its initial stages with a blueprint being penned by relevant officials. Construction of the bridge is expected to begin at the end of 2013.
He added that the bridge, once completed, will also serve as a major transport route between Thailand and several major ASEAN cities, including Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Bueng Kan (Thai: บึงกาฬ; pronounced [bɯ̄ŋ kāːn]) is the 76th province (Changwat) of Thailand, established by the Act Establishing Changwat Bueng Kan, BE 2554 (2011)…The Province is located in the northeastern corner of Thailand. It borders from the south clockwise Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani and Nong Khai Province. To the north and east it borders Laos, with the Mekong river forming the natural boundary.