A high-speed railway connecting Laos and Vietnam, the first of its kind, will soon be put into construction and is expected to be operational in the next five years.

The 5 billion USD project will be invested by Malaysia’s Giant Consolidated Limited group.

A signing ceremony for the construction contract was held in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on November 5 in the presence of Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdu Razak.

The high-speed railway spans 220 km, running from the Lao central province Savannakhet to Lao Bao border gate of neighbouring Vietnam .

The railway will be part of the Southeast Asian railway network, which when completed will ensure uninterrupted connectivity between Laos and other regional countries to Kunming city of southern Yunnan province of China. -VNA