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Laos agrees to reopen border

BANGKOK: Thailand and Laos have agreed to soon reopen cross-border checkpoints, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday (Feb 23).

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 24 February 2022, 09:35AM

The Ban Huak-Khob checkpoint linking Phayao and Laos’ Sayaboury province. Photo: Bangkok Post

The Ban Huak-Khob checkpoint linking Phayao and Laos’ Sayaboury province. Photo: Bangkok Post

The decision was made after Lao ambassador to Thailand Seng Soukhathivong paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to mark the occasion of his 4.5 years at Government House, reports the Bangkok Post.

Commenting on a plan by Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh to make an official visit to Thailand in the middle of this year, Gen Prayut said this would be a good opportunity to elevate relations to a strategic partnership for growth and sustainable development, the spokesman said.

The Lao ambassador thanked the government for providing assistance during the flood disaster in 2019 and in the form of COVID-19 medical supplies. Both parties agreed on key issues including a plan to reopen cross-border checkpoints to increase the value of border trade and boost economic recovery.

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Prayut called on Vientiane to consider streamlining its customs process and adjust fees collected at the Thanaleng Dry Port and Vientiane Logistics Park, opposite the Nong Khai border, to attract more Thai investors to use the Laos-China railway services.

He also asked the Lao government to consider developing the R12 route connecting the borders of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, which would benefit local communities, Mr Thanakorn said.

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Kurt | 24 February 2022 - 10:58:15

As a large percentage of Thai don't pay taxes due to too low income, the Government needs to get money from indirect taxes on goods. Buying useless outdated fighterjets and subs must be paid in some way. Oh, and don't forget the 'commissions'.

Fascinated | 24 February 2022 - 09:48:29

Check the math- Prayut has been in Gov't House since he seized power in 2014. His 'election' later was a farce. What happened to the proposed 50% cut in tax on imported alcohol- Beer Lao is still over-priced due to tax. Far more important than rail links.


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