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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   13 December 2013  
New Thai, Laos bridge fills 'missing link' in regional corridor

A new bridge straddling the Mekong River between Thailand and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) is open for business, signaling the completion of physical work along one of the greater Mekong subregion’s (GMS) most critical economic corridors.

“The bridge is the ‘missing link’ along the North-South economic corridor, which is the main land route for trade between Yunnan province in the People’s Republic of China and Thailand, as well as being a gateway for connectivity between China and ASEAN countries,” Asian Development Bank (ADB) vice president Stephen Groff said in an official release.

“With all of the infrastructure in place, the potential for this corridor to become a driver of regional trade, tourism and investment can be realized.”

The opening of the bridge comes as ministers meet in Vientiane, Laos, for the 19th ministerial conference of the GMS economic cooperation program.

The ADB, which provides both financing and secretarial services for the program, conducted the feasibility study for the bridge in 2005 and helped foster the spirit of collaboration that brought countries together to complete the corridor.

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AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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