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Indonesian firm urged to invest in Cambodian railroads

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Minister Sun Chanthol (centre) during his visit to Indonesia’s PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka) last week. Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol last week asked PT Industri Kereta Api Indonesia (Inka) – a state-owned, Indonesian train manufacturing firm – to invest in Cambodian railroads.

During an official visit to Indonesia from Sept 19-21, Minister Chanthol requested that Inka representatives visit the Kingdom to discuss investing in Cambodia’s railway system with local authorities and Royal Railways, according to a post on the Facebook page of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

According to the ministry, Inka agreed to send a team of officials to discuss railway development with local officials.

Cambodia is working to grow its railway network and make it more efficient. The country has only two railway lines: Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh to Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet.

The country’s railway network is managed by the Royal Group through its subsidiary Royal Railways.

In April, the Cambodian government asked China Railway Construction Corporation for help to improve the local railway system.

According to Kong Vimean, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, CRCC has already completed a study on revamping Cambodia’s railway system.

“The Chinese company has completed the study, but we have not received the report yet,” he said.

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