Expected to boost trade with China, the 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge in Chiang Rai, opens next week. Boost in tourists from China also expected.
The 4th Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge, opening next week, in course of construction, connects Chiang Rai's Chiang Khong district and Laos' Bo Kaeo.
Trade boost expected from 4th Thai-Lao bridge
The opening of the fourth friendship bridge over the Mekong River between Thailand and Laos on Dec 11 is expected to lower costs and significantly boost border trade between the two countries.
The bridge links Chiang Khong district of Chiang Rai in Thailand with Huay Sai town and Bokeo province in northern Laos.
Installation of equipment at Chiang Khong customs office is almost complete and will be ready for the opening next Wednesday, which will be presided over by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, according to a report in Matichon.
Sornchai Sroipongphrai, chief of Chiang Khong customs office, said border trade at this checkpoint was estimated at 13.6 billion baht this year, up almost 9% on 12.5 billion baht in 2012.
He said opening of the new bridge would reduce the cost per container to only 500 baht, instead of the 1,800 baht now charged by ferry operators.
His office projects the value of goods that will be exported through Chiang Khong will rise to 17 billion baht in 2015.
Pattana Sitthisombat, chairman of a coordination committee of 10 northern provincial chambers of commerce, said the new bridge will greatly facilitate transport of cargo from Thailand to China along Route 3A, that links Laos to Xishuangbanna and Yunnan province in China.
China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have a joint development project known as the economic quadrangle, under the Greater Mekong Sub-region cooperation agreement.
He said the new bridge will increase traffic through Chiang Khong, particularly tourists from China.
Mr Pattana was optimistic that border trade with Laos through Chiang Rai would increase to over 100 billion baht a year, up from 30-40 billion baht, after the Asean Economic Community is launched in 2015.
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Asean Economic Community (AEC): the ASEAN organization for economic cooperation between countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos), includes lowering of tariffs and taxes on goods shipped between countries and free labour mobility for skilled workers; a plan to create regional economic integration by 2015 - ประชาคมอาเซียน
boost: to increase - เพิ่ม
border: the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต
cargo: things that are being sent by ship, plane, train or truck - สินค้าที่บรรทุกและจัดส่งโดยเรือ เครื่องบินหรือรถไฟ
chairman: the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน
chamber of commerce: a group of local business people who work together to help business and trade in a particular town - หอการค้า
charge: a payment or fee for something - ค่า
checkpoint: a place where people have to stop so their vehicles and documents can be checked - ด่านตรวจ
chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
committee: a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ
complete: to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์
connect: to join together two or more things - เชื่อมต่อ
construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง
container: a large metal or wooden box of a standard size in which goods are packed so that they can easily be lifted onto a ship, train, etc. to be transported - ตู้บรรจุสินค้า
cooperation: working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides - ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
coordination: the act of making all the people involved in a plan or activity work together in an organised way - การประสานกัน
customs: the place at a port, airport or border where travellers' bags are looked at to find out if any goods are being carried illegally - ด่านศุลกากร
development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
equipment: the things that are needed for a particular purpose or activity - อุปกรณ์, เครื่องมือ
estimate: an amount that you guess or calculate using the information available - ประมาณการ
export: something sold and transported to another country - สินค้าออก
facilitate: to make it possible or easier for something to happen - ทำให้สะดวกขึ้น
ferry: a boat or ship for taking passengers and often vehicles across an area of water, especially as a regular service - เรือข้ามฟาก
Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS): "a development project formed by the Asian Development Bank in 1992 that brought together the six states of the Mekong River basin, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan Province, China. The GMS is a natural economic area bound together by the Mekong River, covering 2.6 million square kilometers and a combined population of around 326 million" (Source: Wikipedia) -
in course of: when something is in the process of happening, happening at the time -
installation: the act of fixing equipment or furniture in position so that it can be used - การติดตั้ง
joint: done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people - ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
launch: starting something - การเริ่มต้น
link: to connect - เชื่อม
operator: a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
optimistic: expecting good things to happen or to be successful - โดยคาดหวังสิ่งที่ดี
presided: to be in charge of a formal meeting or ceremony - เป็นประธาน
project: a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ
project: to calculate based on information already known - คาดคะเน, ประเมิน
province: on of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
provincial: related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country -
report: to tell someone officially that something exists or happened - รายงาน
significantly: in an important way - อย่างมีความหมาย, อย่างสำคัญ
trade: the amount of goods or services that a business buys and sells - การค้าขาย
trade: the buying and selling of goods and services - การค้าขาย
traffic: the number of cars, trucks and other vehicles traveling along a road at one time - การจราจร
transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
value: how much something is worth in money or other goods for which it can be exchanged - มูลค่า
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