Accelerated Phnom Penh-Kep river plans

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The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Sun Chanthol, urged the companies in charge of the study of the navigation and logistics system of the Bassac River.

Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol has urged companies in charge of studying the Bassac River navigation and logistics system to complete the project by next January.

Cambodia and China connect the Bassac River in Phnom Penh to the sea in Kep Province to provide a viable alternative for passengers and cargo by waterway to enter the Kingdom without passing through Vietnam.

Chanthol met with representatives from the China Road and Bridge Corporation and specialists from CCCC Transportation Consultants Co Ltd, which is leading the investigation, on October 14 to review the progress of the project, according to the transport ministry.

The meeting considered various suggestions made by the department to expedite the comprehensive study.

“Both sides actively discussed and exchanged ideas on data and information regarding the waterway study and assessed its impact on the environment and socio-economic development,” the ministry said.

“The Minister has asked the two companies to pay more attention to the study, especially with regard to its technical aspects. They should cooperate with ministry officials to move the study forward and complete it by January 2023,” he added.

Once the construction of the waterway is completed, it is expected to make logistics in Cambodia more efficient and reduce transportation costs. It is also planned to establish an international connection with the inland waters of the Kingdom.

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