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Improved road links would boost trade between Cambodia and Vietnam. KT/Ven Rathavong

Cambodia and Vietnam are to study the possible construction of an expressway linking Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City.
The project was discussed in talks on Wednesday in Hanoi between Cambodian Public Works and Transport Minister Sun Chanthol and Truong Quang Nghia, Vietnam’s Minister of Transport.
A post on the Public Works Ministry’s Facebook page on Wednesday said both ministers took note of their cooperation on the feasibility study.
The expressway would stretch from Phnom Penh to the border crossing at Bavet and Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Chanthol said improved cooperation included opening more border gates to improve links between the countries, and the new expressway could carry up to $5 billion worth of trade a year and increase the number of tourists for both countries.
“Minister Quang Nghia expressed his country’s strong commitment to continue to assist Cambodia in infrastructure development and improved connectivity,” the post said.
Mr. Quang Nghia said further cooperation was important for the establishment and improvement of border crossing gates, studies and construction of the expressway and working groups on inland waterways and maritime transport.
These would be in the interest of people in both countries.
Last year, Vietnamese online newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth News) said Vietnam was considering building an expressway from Ho Chi Minh City to Tay Ninh province, which borders Cambodia.  The cost would be $700 million. It added that the project was aimed at easing the overload on the Trans-Asia section from the city to the Moc Bai border gate.
Separately, Beijing-based China Road and Bridge Corporation plans an expressway linking Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk province.
A transport master plan by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport estimates that Cambodia will need 850 kilometers of expressways by 2020 at a cost of $9 billion, and by 2040, 2,230km will be required, costing $26 billion.

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