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MOU on Land Transport between the three parties Cambodia-Lao-Vietnam (CLV)

 In order to provide the Lao PDR with links to the sea and offer more access to sea ports, the Government of Lao PDR has implemented a policy changing the perception of Laos as a land locked country, to one of a nation that can link to other countries that can provide sea port access and transit services in communication and transport. There is an important need to successfully implement the Development Triangle Area (DTA) initiative for the three countries of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. The Lao Ministry of Public Works and Transport has initiated discussions and prepared an MOU on Land Transport between the three neighboring countries.

During the preparation, the National leaders and representatives of the three countries exchanged visits and surveyed the road networks in the DTA. There were both official and UN-official discussions in drafting the MOU between the three parties (Cambodia-Lao-Vietnam). Official discussions were organized on three occasions: the first time in 2010 at Dong Xuane district, Bing Pheuke province, Vietnam; second time in 2011 at Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR; third time in 2012 at Dalat district, Leumdong province, Vietnam. After the three official discussions, the MOU content was agreed to officially. The MOU states that the objectives are to provide facilities on land transport within three countries, through international immigration at each country. In the beginning, it will allow 150 freight trucks to cross in-country and later, more numbers can be added based on the agreement of 3 countries. For vehicles not used doing business, such as official and diplomatic cars, these can pass any time.

The benefit of this signed MOU will provide opportunities to Lao PDR on the alternatives of using sea ports in either Cambodia or Vietnam, and transporters can pass from Cambodia to the south of Vietnam with short distance.  The MOU signing ceremony was concluded with the three country Ministers of Ministry of Transport: 1. H.E. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Lao PDR; 2. H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Kingdom of Cambodia; 3. H.E. Ding La Thang, Minister of Ministry of Communication and Transport, Republic of Vietnam. An observer to the signing ceremony was H.E. Chatchard Sittipunt , Minister of Ministry of Communication, from the Royal Thai Government, who attended a wittness to the MOU signing, joined by H.E. Sonexai Siphanhdone, Governor of Champasak Province, who also attended as observer.

Department of Public Works and Transport of Attapeu Province completed training on issuing the construction permits

The Department of Public Works and Transport of Attapeu Province  participated in training regarding the important roles in basic infrastructure development, and especially those under the control of Housing-Urban Planning and Environment.The training was based on the agreement of the Minister of Ministry of Public Works and Transport as evidenced by Number 9555/pwt, dated 16 July 2009 regarding organization and the mandate of Department of Public Works and Transport at province level and for the Vientiane Capital. The Department of Public Works and Transport of Attapeu gave high priority on issuing the construction permit sand on ensuring that PWT’s staff in the 5 districts understood the issues concerned in regards their role and mandate.

In the morning of 13 December 2012, at the meeting room of Department of Public Works and Transport of Attapeu, the training on issuing the construction permits was held for PWT’s staff in 5 the districts and was chaired by Mr. Sounenakhone Keoviengkham, Deputy Director of Department of Public Works and Transport of Attapeu province and adviser on housing. 27 attendees were head of sections, deputy heads, and staff from the control of housing-urban planning,  and the head of Public Works and Transport in 5 districts and its staff.

The training focused on making participants understand in detail about the procedures for documents and for issuing the permit with environmental concerns addressed, providing technical support to people on housing construction, using previous examples from real implementation as lessons in the training, and also on making participants understand the issues of housing-urban planning and environment. The training was successfully completed with the PWT’s staff in 5 districts understanding the procedures and issues of Housing-Urban Planning and Environment.

Xekamanh Bridge Construction Project Number 2 in Attapeu Province

 Xekamanh Bridge Construction Project Number 2 is a priority for the province and completion of the project is urgent as the bridge is needed for use by local villagers. The Bridge project is under the direction of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and the ministry has given responsibility to Department of Public Works and Transport (DPWT)in Attapeu province to closely monitor the bridge construction regularly. The province has received good cooperation from all parties such as local authorities and people in the area.

The Bridge Construction Project is located between Ban Samakhyxai and Ban Xekamanh, in Samakhyxai District, Attapeu Province. It begin sat Ban Samakhyxai km 1+200 of road number 18B, crossing the Xekamanh River and then linking to road number 1J, which is about 1 km from Ban Xekamanhin Phouvong District.

After construction, The Bridge will be the link between road number 18B and road number 1J to Phouvong District and to the Cambodian border. The surrounding are as at the approach and exit of the Bridge are appropriate for planting tree and cash crops, which will help villagers to generate income. The area at Ban Xekamanh is also appropriate for farming and rice production.

Investment funding for the Bridge was comprised of grant assistance from the Government of Japan (in amount of 2.6 million United States Dollars) and additional budget from Central Government of Lao PDR (in amount of 3.27 million United States Dollars). The total cost of the Bridge is 5.87 million United States Dollars. Lao Transport Engineering Consultant (LTEC) was selected as the surveyor and designer. Road Construction Enterprise No.8 is the lead contractor for construction in cooperation with the Somxai Chaleun Construction Company.

Initially it was expected that the period of construction would be about 24 months and work commenced on 5 August 2010. Since then, the need for additional works has been identified accounting for some 15 percent of the original contract amount as evidenced in the Minutes of Meeting, dated 31 July 2012 at Attapeu DPWT, and with the agreement of the provincial Governor (No.1099/g.attp, date 9 August 2012). There fore on 5 August 2012, there was a contract extension signed, granting an additional 9 months. The extension of contract commenced 6 August 2012 and continues up to 5 May 2013. The total period of construction is 33 months and guaranty period is 12 months.

The Bridge has been designed according to international standards, the total length is 208 meters, the width is 11.5 meters, and there are two vehicle lanes. Each lane is 3.75 meters wide. There are two footpaths (one on each side) and these are 1.5 meters wide each.

To complete the Xekamanh Bridge Construction on time, Attapeu DPWT has provided extensive advice to the contractors, with regular monitoring visits to facilitate construction. The contractor has guaranteed to finish on time and has guaranteed the Bridge quality and safety for use. This Bridge will improve local living conditions and assist in poverty alleviation for local communities as is desired by the government

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