Lao’s Ministry of Planning and Investment has signed a loan agreement with the Japan government to prepare a detailed design study of the Sekong Bridge on National Road 16B. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide the $800,000 loan needed for this study. The Sekong Bridge will connect Sekong town and Dakchueng district. It will be about 300 metres long, with a total of 527 metres of access roads on either side of the river.