Second Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge to open Oct 30

The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei River in Tak’s Mae Sot district will be officially opened on Oct 30, according to a press release from the Highways Department.

The opening ceremony will be co-chaired by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and Myanmar’s Minister of Construction Han Zaw.

The Thai ambassador to Yangon and the Myanmar ambassador to Bangkok as well as other high-level officials of the two countries will also attend the ceremony.

After the official opening, vehicles will cross the bridge from the Thai side of the river to the Myanmar side in a dry run. The Thai and Myanmar ministers will then proceed to open the second border checkpoint at Ban Wang Takhian Tai in tambon Tha Sai Luat of Mae Sot district.

The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge will accommodate cross-border trade between Tak province and Myanmar’s Myawaddy.

It is also intended to facilitate economic development along the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) initiated to promote development and integration of five Southeast Asian counries — Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam — and enhance the Natural Strategic Partnership between Thailand and Myanmar.

Source: Bangkok Post

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