Thais asked to hasten work on train MoU

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A train crosses the outskirts of Phnom Penh. KT

Prime Minister Hun Sen last week urged Thai officials to speed up work on finalising the details of a memorandum of understanding that will specify the rules for the transportation of goods by train across the border between Cambodia and Thailand.

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The Cambodian premier asked Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to expedite work on the agreement during a meeting on the sidelines of the ACMECS CEO Forum in Bangkok last week.

“We are still waiting to sign the MoU, as the finance ministers of both countries continue to work on internal regulation,” Mr Hun Sen told reporters at the summit.

“Officials from both sides should meet as soon as possible to discuss the procedures to be established in each country and help us reach an agreement,” he said.

The restoration of the western rail line, which connects Phnom to Thailand through Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province, is expected to conclude in the upcoming weeks, with the official launch of the railway connection between Cambodia and Thailand scheduled for July 4, according to Sun Chanthol, the Cambodian Minister of Public Works and Transportation.

The new railway line is expected to play a key role in facilitating trade and the movement of people between Cambodia and Thailand, with leaders from both countries having publicly committed to tripling bilateral trade to $15 billion by the year 2020.

During a visit to Thailand in December, Hun Many, a lawmaker for the ruling CPP party, met with Mr Chan o-cha, who pledged to donate a train engine to Cambodia.

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