The 45.45-km Kawkareik-Thingan-nyinaung-Myawady highway linking Myanmar and Mae Sot in Tak Province of Thailand is part of India-Myanmar-Thaiway highway and East-West economic corridor of Greater Mekong Sub-region, Vice President U Nyan Tun told the handing over of the highway at Thingan-nyinaung junction on Sunday. The vice president said that the highway will promote bilateral trade between Myanmar and Thailand while improving transport between Myanmar and countries of GMS and Asian countries. Chairman of Karen National Union-KNU Saw Mutu Sae Po said that thanks to the highway, Myanmar can share benefits of better transport with regional countries and contribute to shaping the ASEAN Economic Community, he said. Deputy Prime Minister Dr Somkid Jatusripitak said that Thailand upgraded the road between Myawady and Kawkareik to the highway for benefiting not only Myanmar but other countries. Thanks to the highway, the flow of commodities will be smoother between Myanmar and Thailand. Union Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lwin, KNU Chairman General Saw Mutu Sae Po, the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand formally opened the highway. The vice president and the Thai deputy prime minister unveiled the stone plaque. The chairman of See Sang Co Ltd of Thailand handed over documents relate to the weighing machine to the director-general of Highway Department. The highway was built at a cost of baht 1,166 million with the assistance of Thailand as of 11 January 2012. It was complete in April 2014. On arrival at Mae Sot in Thailand, the vice president attended the stake-driving ceremony of Thai-Myanmar friendship bridge No 2. On the occasion, the vice president said that the friendship bridge located on the route of East-West economic corridor among Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar will benefit Myanmar, Thailand and GMS countries. The vice president and the Thai deputy prime minister drove stakes for construction of the bridge. The bridge will be 270 metres long, with 3.60 km long approach road on Myanmar and 17.25 km on Thailand.