PM Hun Sen: Railway Reconnection, a Development Opportunity for Cambodia and Thailand
AKP Phnom Penh, April 22, 2019 —
The reconnection of railway between Cambodia and Thailand provides a development opportunity for the two neighbouring countries.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen made the comment while he and his Thai counterpart H.E. Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha were witnessing the signing ceremony of the Agreement on Joint Traffic Working over Railway between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the handover ceremony of Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), in Sa Kaeo province, Thailand this morning.
This is a historical event for Cambodia and Thailand for having reconnected in terms of railway after the interruption in 1973 due to civil war in Cambodia, the Premier added.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also laid stress on the Royal Government of Cambodia’s clear vision and plan to develop the railway sector, the country’s backbone of transport.
The Agreement on Joint Traffic Working over Railway will bring about new opportunity for the rail transport sector, which is effective, cheap and highly safe, to boost the two countries’ economy and contribute to the connectivity and development of ASEAN as well as the Greater Mekong Subregion, according to Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport H.E. Sun Chanthol who signed the document with his Thai counterpart.
Meanwhile, the Thai government handed over to Cambodia a DMU which can carry up to 320 passengers.
After the signing and DMU handover ceremony, both Prime Ministers took a train together, from Klong Luk railway station in Thailand to Poipet railway station in Cambodia.
(Photo: Hun Yuthkun, El Vattanac & Kok Ky)
By C. Nika