National Highway 2E linking Vietnam and Laos was officially inaugurated at the Panghok international border of Phongsaly province on February 23.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed the traditional special friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation relation between the two countries.

The highway has a strategic importance for both Vietnam and Laos, said Phuc, adding that it will further boost the exchanges between the two countries in general, and between Vietnam ’s northwestern provinces and Laos’ northern provinces in particular.

For his part, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad stressed the importance of the road as a priority in Laos’ socio-economic development.

Expressing his gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for their help in building the highway, the Deputy PM said it will contribute to improving the infrastructure of Laos , and serve as Laos’ transit road to other countries in the region.

The highway, linking Khoa district in Phongsaly province of Laos to the Tay Trang border gate in Dien Bien province, stretches 68.2 kilometres. Total investment for road is US$43 million and it is the second project financed by the Vietnamese government on the land of Laos.-VNA