A Chinese company inked a deal worth $20 million yesterday with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to repair 107 kilometres of roads in the kingdom.
Guangdong Provincial Changda Highway Engineering Co Ltd was given the right to two projects after bidding along with some 40 companies.
The budget for the road repair comes as a $60 million loan from the World Bank to the Cambodian government for a total of four projects. Deals for the remaining two projects will be signed next month.
Under the agreement, the Chinese company will restore a section of National Road 7 from Tbong Khmom province to Kratie province.
The company was selected for its quality of work and lower bid, according to Transport Minister Sun Chanthol, who added that the process was in line with the requirements of the World Bank.
Mr Chanthol added that 18 months was needed to complete the projects with another 36 months to maintain the roads after completing construction.
“The budget comes as a loan and will upgrade the road to asphalt concrete, which lasts longer,” he said, noting that the projects were undertaken in reply to an ever-increasing number of vehicles in the country.
The road construction deal with China is part of the government’s efforts to connect the country with its neighbours, Mr. Chanthol said, adding that a deal with China to build an expressway from Phnom Penh to Preah Sihanouk province worth an estimated $2 billion would be reached in January.
Another expressway from Phnom Penh to Bavet city in Svay Rieng province, which would cost some $3 billion, is in the consideration stage.