Phnom Penh Expects New Initiative to Better Address Traffic and Pollution Concern

Phnom Penh expects the rollout of newly initiated intervention to better address traffic congestion and pollution issues, particularly as the capital is experiencing rapid urbanisation.

The expectation followed an inked partnership agreement between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Singapore-based ride hailing app Grab to support the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Presiding over the official signing of the agreement held at the ministry office here in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol expressed his strong support and optimism of the project.

Like in other cities in the world, urbanisation in Cambodia is bringing along both economic opportunities and new challenges, underlined H.E. Sun Chanthol, adding that the Royal Government of Cambodia through his ministry is committed to promote effective and sustainable transportation means and systems.

According to UNDP Country Director Mr. Nick Beresford, the tree-year project goes beyond ordinary corporate social responsibility to setting a new partnership model of the public and private sector in addressing city traffic and pollution issues.

Branded in short as SUMAI � Sustainable Urban Mobility for All Initiative � the project will focus on compiling necessary data for policy development and investment that support smart and sustainable road traffic solutions.

Ministry's figures show that every year Phnom Penh has an average increase of around 20 percent of registered motorbikes and vehicles, and as of now there are 4.5 million transportation means mentioned registered in the capital � this is essentially attributed by its urbanisation.

Globally, urbanisation and climate change cannot be separated, and roughly 80 percent of greenhouse gas emission that drives global warming derives from cities.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press