Savan Dry Port keen to link with Belt, Road

Date: 09, Aug, 2017   Time: 9:14 am
Senior ministry officials, authorities of Savannakhet province and managing and deputy managing directors of Savan Logistics with local businesspeople take part in a consultation meeting in Savannakhet province last week.

Senior ministry officials, authorities of Savannakhet province and managing and deputy managing directors of Savan
Logistics with local businesspeople take part in a consultation meeting in Savannakhet province last week.

Savan Dry Port owned by the Lao government and operated by Savan Logistics Company Limited in the Savan Park (Zone C) is keen to align with the China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative with trans-shipment via existing linkages to the regional ports.

Last week, a consultation meeting was held in Savannakhet province among senior officials from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, authorities of Savannakhet province, local businesspeople and the company staffers.

The purpose of the meeting was to enable local business people to understand more about the role of the dry port and make good use of the government’s inland container depot (known as a dry port, as opposed to the sea or air focused variety).

The meeting co-chaired by the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Viengsavath Siphandone, and the Governor of Savannakhet province, Mr Santiphab Phomvihane.

In his remarks, Mr Viengsavath said the Savan Dry Port was playing a significant role in gathering and distributing goods to and from different parts of Laos more efficiently.

The Savan Dry Port is located at Savan Park (Zone C) serving up to 500 trucks monthly with potential for growth.

The Savan Dry Port is located at Savan Park (Zone C) serving up to 500 trucks monthly
with potential for growth.

“The development of inland transport will focus on the link between multiple systems such as trains and automobile transport systems that are applied with the use of more information technology devices,” he said, adding that this will enable the reduction of logistics fees as well as minimise the negative impacts on environment in the field of logistics.

Via the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, China is keen to make Laos part of its economic chain as China and Thailand has a planned cooperation pact or the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Kunming’s Specific Economic Zone (SEZ).

Meanwhile, it is hoped that adding Savan Dry Port to the OBOR will help establish it as one of three zones in respective countries forming a major supply chain to support many industries in the area.

Savan Dry Port is located in Zone C of the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Savannakhet province and keen to be part of a supply chain in logistics.

The port is now already linked to various hubs in the Greater Mekong Sub-region as well as major cities in China.

The port is now already linked to various hubs in the Greater Mekong Sub-region as well
as major cities in China.

As the first ever dry port in Laos, it is operated by the Savan Logistics Company Limited at the Savan Park (Zone C). It can accommodate over 500 trucks per month from Asean.

Earlier this year, Savan Logistics based in the Savan- Seno Special Economic Zone or Savan Park (SEZ) has proposed the establishment of Common Control Areas (CCA) in the park, aimed at easing traffic congestion at the Lao-Thai border checkpoint.

At the same meeting, General Manager of the Savan Pacifica Stream Development Company Limited, Mr Tee Chee Seng, whose company is responsible for the Savan Park (Zone C) said the dry port plays a key factor for the potential development of SMEs in Laos, in particular for import and export via regional value chains.

“Currently the dry port is already linked with several regional countries, for example, China, Singapore and Malaysia,” he said.

Following the concept of establishment of the CCA at the park proposed by Savan Logistics, an experienced international operator, with particular expertise in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China.

There is great potential arising from same, but local business people still need to understand the opportunities to make the best use of the services at the port, he said.

Regarding the establishment of the CCA at the park, the Deputy Minister of Public Works and Transport told the meeting that he would continue to discuss with the government to progress the initiative as part of government efforts to resolve and minimise time-consuming paperwork.

 

Source: Vientiane Times Issue 182 (8 August 2017)