Cambodia seeks to upgrade cross-border railway

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Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol during a virtual meeting with his Thai counterpart Saksayam Chidchob on April 20. MPWT

Cambodia is carrying out a feasibility study to modernize its railway. The study is expected to be completed within the next three months, according to Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol.

Chanthol revealed the plan during a virtual meeting with his Thai counterpart Saksayam Chidchob on April 20. The meeting aimed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the transport sector, both bilaterally and regionally.

Chanthol said the infrastructural link between Cambodia and Thailand will not only be a tangible link to increase trade volume and boost tourism and investment, but will also be a key factor in fostering the economic development of the two nations.

Chanthol thanked the Thai side for providing a loan to Cambodia for the construction of cross-border infrastructure, including the Cambodian-Thai Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian Friendship Bridge – projects which Chanthol said would reduce congestion in the Poipet-Aranyaprathet international checkpoint.

He also appreciated Thailand’s provision of 140 km of used track in Cambodia for use in the railway sector.

According to the Ministry of Transport, the two ministers also discussed plans for cross-border facilities at the Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian checkpoint and its opening as soon as possible. They also discussed the possible opening of other border checkpoints and cross-border transport agreements aimed at increasing the connection, the volume of trade, tourism and investments which, in turn, will stimulate the economic growth of the two countries. country.

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