Foreign Affairs

Gov’t appreciates achievements in building Vientiane-Vangvieng Highway

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment Sonexay Siphandone has lauded the successful building and opening of the Vientiane-Vangvieng Highway.

The highway, the first part of the Vientiane-Luang Namtha Highway was opened on Dec 20 by President Bounnhang Vorachit in the presence of other senior officials and representatives of relevant authorities and contractors.

“The highway is a priority project of basic infrastructure development of the Lao PDR and represents the cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Landlinked country strategy of the Lao PDR ,” said the vice premier, adding that the highway is a landmark of comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

He also appreciated relevant authorities for the great physical and mental efforts they have made in building the expressway resulting in earlier than expected completion of the construction.

“This highway constitutes a priceless gift for the Party, government and people of the Lao PDR for celebrating the 45th founding anniversary of the Lao PDR and the 100th birth anniversary of beloved President Kaysone Phomvihane. Specially, this is creating a welcoming atmosphere for the coming 11th National Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. The implementation of this project demonstrates the concrete result of the Laos-China cooperation” under the Belt and Road framework,” said the deputy prime minister.

The deputy premier expressed his confidence that under the leadership of the two Parties and governments and with cooperation from the Lao and Chinese people, the building of the Laos-China community of shared future will be promoted nonstopably and increasingly fruitful thus bringing prosperity to the two countries.

Stretching between the capital city Vientiane and touristy Vangvieng, Vientiane province, the Vientiane-Vangvieng Highway is 109.11 km long and has four lanes including two for inbound travel and another two for outbound trip.

The construction has been estimated at over 1.3 billion US dollars. It is designed to accommodate a speed limit of 80-100 km per hour.

Source: Lao News Agency