VOV, Feb 28, 2009. The first 1,500 vehicles of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand have been licensed to run on the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), which is expected to boost trade, investment and tourism activities in the relevant countries.
Representatives of the three countries met in the Central Highland resort city of Da Lat on February 25-26 to grant permits to 500 trucks from each country. The permits allow the vehicles to travel on the EWEC, particularly the section linking Vietnam and Laos.
The 1,450km long road links the following points: Mawlamyine-Myawaddy in Myanmar, Mae Sot-Phisanulok-Khon Kaen-Kalasin-Mukdahan in Thailand, Savanakhet-Dansavanh in Laos and Lao Bao-Hue-Dong Ha-Da Nang in Vietnam.
It also intersects several north-south arterial routes: Yangon-Dawei, Chiang Mai-Bangkok, Nong Khai-Bangkok, Road 13 in Laos and Highway 1A in Vietnam.