Cao Lanh Bridge fact sheet
The Mekong Delta is the third largest industrial centre in Vietnam
and contributes 70% of Vietnam's agricultural and fishery exports.
However, poor road networks and vulnerability to natural disasters
have prevented agricultural and industrial investments that would lead
to increased economic activity and improved living standards for
To support the Government of Vietnam address this, Australia
has co-financed the civil works for the Cao Lanh Bridge, as well as
25km of interconnecting roads. Australian support is ensuring new
infrastructure is built to be resilient to climate change, thereby
enabling the Mekong Delta to achieve its vast agricultural and
industrial potential in the long term.
- Five million people of An Giang, Can Tho, and Dong Thap provinces
are expected to directly benefit from the bridge, with 170,000 people using the road daily.
- Boost private sector investment and local industry, and improve
access to social and health services by removing a critical transport
bottleneck and connecting producers with major markets in
Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
- Increase national and global food security by boosting agro-industry
and exports (Vietnam is the third largest exporter of rice).
- Introduce new technical engineering solutions to improve the
quality and safety of infrastructure, including protecting it from
climate-related events such as sea level rise.
- Vietnamese partners will be equipped with new and effective ways
to manage and maintain large infrastructure projects, reducing
future maintenance costs.
- More than two thousand affected or poor households living in the
project area are supported with income restoration and/or micro
finance programs, including agricultural and vocational training,
small business establishment, and house upgrades.