Government give green light to Vientiane Logistic Park
Company for dry port, logistics development.
Ceremonies making the ground-breaking and signing of a concession agreement for the Thanaleng Dry Port and Vientiane Logistics Park (VLP) project between the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Vientiane Logistic Park Company Limited were held in Vientiane on July 3.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held in the morning at the project site in Dongphosy village of Hadxaifong district, and the ceremony for the signing of the concession agreement was held at Landmakr Riverside Hotel in the evening.
The agreement was signed by the Deputy Ministry for Planning and Investment, Ms Khamchan Vongseneboun, and Vientiane Logistics Park Company’s Chairman, Mr Chanthone Sitthixay.
The events were witnessed by the Lao Front for National Development’s President, Dr Xaysomephone Phomvihane, the Public Works and Transport Minister, Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, the Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Alounkeo Kittikhoun, the Phongsavanh Group Founder and Honorary Chairman, Dr Od Phongsavanh, and officials and representative from the Ministry of Finance, Vientiane Administration Office, Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, several embassies, concerned sectors and companies.
The Thanaleng Dry Port and Vientiane Logistics Park Project is the project being built with the cooperation of the Lao government under a BOT (Built, Operate and Transfer) scheme and a 50 year concession agreement. It is a joint venture between the government and its partner, and the Ministry of Finance holds part of the total shares on behalf of the government.
Initially, the project will cover an area of 200 hectares. The total investment for the project is US$727 million and the construction will be divided into three phases. The first phase is expected to be completed in 12 to 14 months.
The project is a large-scale scheme for infrastructure development in Laos. It is the first priority for the National Logistic Development Strategy 2016-30, which is aimed at expanding the policies of the Lao government.
It is also the only comprehensive logistics project in Vientiane capital, combining two key components at a single place to maximize the benefits of integration and connectivity at the sub-regional and international levels for trade and transport. The Thanaleng Dry Port is part of the complex logistics zone in Vientiane capital as determined in the inter-government agreement on the dry port.
It will be the first international transport port of Laos, providing complex services as a land port with the aim of facilitating trade and reducing the cost of transportation, as well as providing the service of the LCL (Less then Container Load). It will be a centre for transferring goods through the international border checkpoint for exports and imports and fully equipped with a tax system. The logistics zone is part of the Vientiane logistic area, which is the focus for value-added activities.
The project will provide modern logistics services to accommodate various forms of transportation, including by land, water and railway.
The value-added activities will include a logistics service centre where entrepreneurs can conduct their business activities, including transportation, logistics and goods distribution across the country and at the international border checkpoint, a duty free zone for production, processing, manufacturing and storage for exports and imports, an international trades promotion centre, a tank farm, an international trade promotion zone, a frozen storage facility for animal meat, fruits and vegetables, and a SME export service centre.
In sum, the project is part of the national socio-economic development plan of the government to meet the needs for infrastructure development and modern logistics service at the international level. Once the project’s construction is completed, it will serve Laos with full modern infrastructure to integrate all transport systems at the international level.
The transport by land, railways and sea is also expected to strengthen competition in the logistics and transportation sector and facilitate trade for Laos. The project’s cost is rather high as it will be equipped with full services for land transport and railway in order to contribute to Laos’ socio-economic development. In addition, project will contribute to creating jobs for Lao people and improving their living standards.