Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Countries Decide to Open More Border Gates to Ease Cross-border Transportation

All GMS countries have agreed to open more border gates to ease cross border transportation�which is the economic backbone of the region, said Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transports H.E. Sun Chanthol after the 7th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Cross Border Trade Facilitation Agreement Joint Committee Meeting in Siem Reap province on Wednesday.

He added that the meeting had recognised the importance of reducing the non-physical barriers for transportation and commerce as key to enhance the internal linkages among GMS countries; to boost trade, tourism, and investment; and to increase competitiveness while raising the living standards of people through the reduction in transportation cost.

According to H.E. Sun Chanthol, Cambodia was determined to make this happen so as to improve cross border transportation in both GMS and ASEAN region. The country had already begun developing expressways and expanding a number of roads within the country, and connecting more roads at border area. Recently, he said, the Cambodia-Thailand joint railroad project had finished and awaited the inauguration ceremony for its formal use in the very near future.

All GMS countries present in the meeting were also working together to further facilitate transport and trade within the whole region under the common goal with the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025 and the investment needs as stated in the GMS Regional Investment Framework.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press