Minister of Public Works chairs the first meeting of the Working Group on Tasks to address challenges at the Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam border crossings

RNK, August, 27th, 2020-

H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister, and Minister of public Works and Transport on Tuesday this week, chaired the first meeting of the Working Group on Tasks to Address Challenges at the Cambodia-Vietnam and Cambodia-Thailand Border Crossings at the Ministry of Public Works.

During the meeting, H.E. Sun Chanthol urged the Ministry’s experts to join in the discussion to turn Cambodia into a logistics hub and a warehouse for neighboring countries, given that Cambodia is in a favorable geographical location and a transit point for goods from Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam and from Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand.

The meeting was also held to review the 78 action plans prepared by the working group and to gather additional inputs to ensure that the action plan is comprehensive, effective, and serves the common interests.

At the same time, the Minister also spoke of the project to build, expand and improve the quality and modernize the transport infrastructure both road, rail and waterways to promote and enhance the Cambodian logistics sector to be better and more competitive with regional countries.

The Minister added that the Ministry was working with the Thai side to temporarily allow trucks to pass through the Stung Bat-Ban Nong Earn border crossing to reduce traffic congestion at the Poipet international border crossing and was working with the Vietnamese side to solve traffic congestion at the Bavet-Mok Bai border.

H.E. Sun Chanthol also praised the working group and stakeholders who cooperated well in preparing this action plan and instructed the working group to take all the inputs from this meeting to revise the action plan and plan them for the short, medium and long term packages, especially the emergency action plan to be implemented later this year in collaboration with relevant institutions.

The Minister also called on the working group on its second meeting to review these action plans in detail before submitting them to H.E Dr. Aun Porn Moniroth, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance.

By Sothea