04 Feb New Thanlwin bridge will boost Thai-Myanmar trade: Thai official

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Plans are underway for a new bridge over the Salween or Thanlwin river in Kayah State. View of the Thanlwin bridge further south in Mawlamyine, Myanmar Photo: joina/Panoramio

Construction of a new bridge across the Salween or Thanlwin river has begun in the Mae Jae border district of Kayah State, Myanmar, opposite Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province, and is expected to boost trade when completed, according to the Bangkok Post on February 3.

This was the view of a Thai military official who has just returned from a recent visit to Myanmar.

Colonel Jarus Panyadee, chief of the 7th Infantry Regiment Task Force of Mae Hong Son province, said Myanmar has allocated 200 million baht [K6.2 billion] to build the bridge.

Although the bridge is inside Myanmar, it will facilitate the transport of goods in the district, which links up with the Huay Ton Nun route in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district, he said.

Infrastructure is being improved in the Myanmar-Thai border areas and trade between the two countries is picking up. The countries are reportedly aiming for an overall border trade volume of 1.5 trillion baht in 2015.

Much of the focus has been on the main border crossing to the south of the Mae Jae border district in the Myawaddy district that links with Thailand’s border city of Mae Sot.

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