Cambodia’s Ratanakiri and Laos’ Attapeu provincial authorities have been conducting assessments on the possibility of opening a new bilateral border gate and an interconnecting road to cater to the interests of the peoples of the two nations.
During a press conference regarding the performance and achievements of the Ratanakiri provincial administration held at the Council of Ministers yesterday, provincial governor Thang Savon said the province currently does not have any road shared with Laos.
As such, the two provincial halls are planning to request for their respective government’s approval regarding the opening of a bilateral border gate soon.
If the request is granted, Savon said the project will lead to easier travel for the Cambodian and Lao people, as well as attract tourism and strengthen trade, given Ratanakiri’s strong agricultural potential.
A summary report about Ratanakiri’s progress published last year revealed that the province has favourable potential for animal husbandry and agro-industrial crop production, with 168,543 hectares of total agricultural land cultivated.
The report said the province last year exported a total of 87,606 tonnes of agricultural products worth nearly $37 million.
Soy Sona, director of the provincial agriculture department, said the province has exported agro-industrial and fruit crops.
“Currently, we export through bilateral gates shared with Vietnam and our bananas are exported to China. So, if the governments of Cambodia and Laos look into the possibility of opening border gates, I think it will facilitate cross-border travel and stimulate the economy of both countries,” he said.
The northern region of Ratanakiri currently shares a border with Laos’ Attapeu province, with the stretch spanning 165 kilometres.
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