Senior Minister Sun Chanthol Highlights Cambodia’s 3 Main Economic and Transport Corridors

Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol has laid stress on some of the ministry's major achievements, particularly the development of three main economic and transport corridors.

While presiding over the 2nd Stakeholders Consultation Meeting on Logistics Master Plan Development in Phnom Penh yesterday, H.E. Sun Chanthol said the three main economic and transport corridors include Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Corridor, Phnom Penh-Poipet Corridor, and Phnom Penh-Bavet Corridor.

According to H.E. Senior Minister, for the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Corridor, the National Road 4 will soon be resurfaced with support from the World Bank, while the Concession Agreement Negotiation of Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has been successfully concluded and financing for this important project has been secured from China. It will be built on a BoT (Build-Operate-Transfer) basis and will commence very soon.

Cambodia has completed the rehabilitation and the rail network has been officially handed over to Royal Railways for operation. The country plans to build a new container terminal of 14.5 metres in depth, allowing 93 percent of vessels around the world access to this important Cambodian port, thanks to the Japanese government.

For the second corridor, Phnom Penh-Poipet, the National Road 5, which forms ASEAN Highway 1, is in the process of expanding from 2-4 lanes with the support from China and Japan, the National Road 5 from Phnom Penh to Prek Kdam has been completed with financial support from China � work on National Road 5 from Prek Kdam to Thlea Ma-orm will begin soon, Battambang-Sereisophon is under construction, and Thlea Ma-orm-Battambang + Sereisophon-Poipet is under the procurement process. In addition, Cambodia is in the process of rehabilitating the northern-line railway from Phnom Penh to Poipet. The Sisophorn-Poipet has only a few kilometres left until completion. The entire northern-line will be completed by 2020.

The Stung Bot New International Border Gate is in the process of tender under the bilateral agreement with Thailand. This new modern border gate is designed for transport of goods which will relieve the congestion at the current Poipet International Border Gate. This project will be completed by 2020.

Besides, the Phnom Penh-Bavet Corridor is also important. The National Road 1 from Phnom Penh to Neak Loeung has been expanded and completed with support from Japan. The Mekong River crossing has been connected through the Neak Loeung Bridge with the support from Japan. The Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway study has been completed by JICA and the feasibility study and EIA report have been done.

The Phnom Penh Autonomous Port's new container terminal is soon to be completed with a capacity of 300,000 TEU/year, modernising passenger and tourist facilities, and developing a specialised bulk terminal. The New International Border Gate at Prey Vor, designed for the transport of goods will relieve the congestion at the current Bavet international border gate. The Cross Border Facility (CBF) Project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Cambodia can be in a much better position in terms of doing business and global competitiveness edge. It is very important that our Master Plan is designed to identify these bottlenecks, remove the impediments, and provide strategic recommendations to boost logistics performance in Cambodia, underlined H.E. Sun Chanthol.

ource: Agency Kampuchea Press