Phnom Penh (FN), Jan 12 – Cambodia and Vietnam highlighted the importance of transportation infrastructure in boosting nation's trade and tourism and that both sides are committed to work on Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh Highway.

The insight was reflected during the bilateral meeting between Cambodian Public Works Minister Sun Chanthol and Vietnamese Transport Minister Troung Quang Nghia on Wednesday at the Ministry of Transport, Vietnam.

According to the announcement of Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MoPWT), both ministers emphasized Phnom Penh-Bavet and Ho Chi Minh-Muk Bay Highway Projects and Transportation Strategic Cooperation 2016-2025 alongside with vision for 2030.

“The Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation will be organized with the consultation from other relevant ministries and authorities”, Sun Chanthol told Vietnamese minister adding that “the strengthening of cooperation and the opening of border gate will boost trade up to $5,000 million and tourism for both countries”.

Likewise, Vietnamese minister Quang Nghai also sees the importance of cooperation on building highways and opening border gate to bring mutual interests for both sides.

Cambodian minister plans to establish a joint committee to study on waterway and sea transportation and that he will seek support from Vietnam regarding Singapore-Kunming Rail Link to Ho Chi Minh, while Quang was fully supportive.

Sun Chanthol expressed gratitude toward the support of Vietnam for rehabilitating and developing transportation infrastructure in Cambodia such as National Road 78, Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge and road link between Oyadav border in Cambodia's Rattanakiri province and Le Thanh in Vietnam.