Cambodia has sought to put into temporary use the Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian border gate for cross-border goods transport, aiming to facilitate the trade activities, although the office building and other related infrastructure at the border gate in the Cambodian side are still under construction.
H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport, said that the transport of goods should be made via Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian gate and documents related to the transport should be made at the existing border checkpoint in Poipet city.
“We are finding ways to open temporarily the Stung Bot border gate, so the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is building a passage for allowing vehicles transporting goods from Thailand to Cambodia and vice versa,” H.E. Sun Chanthol said during an inspection visit to the facility construction site in Banteay Meanchey province yesterday.
“Officials of our ministry and Thai officials of Ministry of Transport will work together to open temporarily the border gate to avoid congestion at border (Poipet city),” he said. “Documents related to goods transports we plan it to be processed at Poipet border checkpoint,” he said.
The Stung Bot international border checkpoint is under construction and is currently 5 percent complete. As planned, it takes 24 months to complete. The project worth over US$26 million, a loan from the Thai government, is being developed by CM Grand Development Co., Ltd. & Tan Kim Eng Co., Ltd.
H.E. Sun Chanthol said the project is two months late from the schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rainy season, however the construction firms have committed to finishing the project as planned.
The facility will open up opportunities for international cooperation, investment, cross-border trade, job creation, and tourist attraction which will improve the living standards of local people as well as both countries’ economy.
In April 2019, the two neighbouring countries inaugurated the Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian Friendship Bridge connecting Banteay Meanchey province of Cambodia to Sa Kaeo province of Thailand.
Last year, the two-way trade between the two countries grew by 12 percent to US$9.4 billion.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press