VIENTIANE, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The China-aided Lao International Convention Center (ICC) was completed Monday ahead of schedule, a Chinese representative with the Commerce Ministry said.
The convention center, with a total floor area of 25,000 square meters and capable of accommodating 3,000 people, will be used as the main venue for the ninth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), to be hosted by Laos in November, said Wang Yue, the representative to the free-aid project.
The construction started on Dec. 31 last year and was scheduled in the contract to complete on Oct. 30, Wang said.
It usually takes two to two and a half years to finish a project of this size, Wang said, adding that, thanks to the joint efforts of the Chinese government, the construction company and the workers, the construction concluded 20 days in advance.
The project would certainly lay a solid foundation for a successful holding of the ASEM by Laos, he said.
The early completion of the project is also attributive to the Lao government's full support, said Meng Chao, vice general manager of the overseas business department of the China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
"This project defines not only the friendship between Laos and China but also the friendship between the Lao and the Chinese people. We appreciate a lot for China's assistance," said Aphisayadeth Insisiengmay, a representative of the Lao government.
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