Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith on Friday visited the Thanaleng Dry Port (TDP) and Vientiane Logistics Park (VLP) as the project prepares for a soft opening next month and linking with the Laos-China railway.
The top Lao diplomat and his entourage were briefed on the significance of the US$727 million project being developed in Dongphosy village, Hadxaifong district, Vientiane.
With the railway, which links the Lao capital of Vientiane with the Chinese border, slated for opening on December 2, the developer of the TDP and VLP told the visiting guests that the railway will link with the project.
As the TDP and VLP are located next to the Laos-Thailand railway station near the first Laos-Thailand Friendship Bridge, the dry port and logistics park are expected to serve as a logistics and transport hub linking the two railways and facilitate trade and investment.
Presenting the project to the minister, TDP Managing Director Sakhone Philangam said it was necessary for Laos to have a dry port and logistics park to facilitate logistics and transport links. “Laos does not have a coastline, so there is a need for an international connecting point,” he said.
Although Lao industry is small, the country is surrounded by large industrial neighbours, thus the project envisions becoming a ‘logistics connector’ among countries in the region, Mr Sakhone said.