The investment in the third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is proving worthwhile one year after it opened. Economic indicators in Nakhon Phanom province have improved significantly, but concerns are growing that the project is not benefiting many people.
The third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge is meant to improve Nakhon Phanom’s economy in terms of gross provincial product, which is expected to reach 35 billion baht this year, up by 7.69% from 32.5 billion baht last year.
Nakhon Phanom Governor Anukul Tangkananukulchai says the completion of the 2-billion-baht cross-border bridge has brought more income to the province, but it has mainly gone to a limited number of border traders.
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