The Ministry of Interior is set to upgrade a border checkpoint between Prey Veng province and Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province to an international checkpoint amid booming traffic of goods.
Meun Chey border checkpoint is located in Prey Veng province’s Kamchay Mear district opposite Teun Nam border checkpoint in Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province.
“The governments of Cambodia and Vietnam have already agreed to upgrade the checkpoint. They have just waited for an inauguration ceremony which was delayed because of COVID-19 pandemic,” Sak Setha, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.
Setha said after months of delay, Vietnam had requested Cambodia to prepare for a ceremony next month.
He said he held a meeting with Interior Ministry officials to decide whether to have an inauguration next month as the virus is spreading.
“Upgrading many international checkpoints makes it easy to increase transportation of goods. It is easy to control people crossing into the two countries,” Setha said.
International checkpoints could see relevant officials from ministries and institutions work together, Setha said, noting non-updated border gates were usually managed by border soldiers and police.
“When we upgrade it to the international status, it is equipped with immigration police and customs officers who inspect goods crossing the border,” he said.
“We will be able to control immigrants. If it is not upgraded, immigrants will cross the border illegally through corridors without passports. It is hard for us to control them. When this becomes an international checkpoint and if immigrants want to enter Cambodia, they must have passports,” Setha said.
The Ministry of Interior issued a statement yesterday, saying the Meun Chey border gate will boost cooperation and increase transportation of goods across the border.
It said officials from Cambodia and Vietnam have met twice about an official ceremony, but the date has yet to be fixed.
Vietnamese Embassy officials in Phnom Penh and Prey Veng provincial governor Chea Somethy could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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