Phnom Penh (FN), May 16 – Cambodian Senate President and also the President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), Samdech Techo Hun Sen requested the Royal Government under the leadership of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet to push for the groundbreaking of the Funan Techo Canal to be made as soon as possible.

The senate president spoke on Thursday (May 16) in a special message related to Funan Techo Canal.

"I advised the new prime minister to commence the groundbreaking of the Funan Techo Canal to avoid ill-intended opinions. We have to prioritise our national economy and our independence," Samdech Techo underscored.

Taking this occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen highlighted that Funan Techo Canal will enhance the market competitiveness of Cambodian products by reducing transportation costs, and also improve the irrigation system of the southwest of the nation.

Samdech Techo also added that the Funan Techo Canal will increase fish production and fish farming of the citizens, especially to help relieve floods during the rainy seasons. In addition, the Funan Techo canal will also contribute to tourism.

Please be informed The Funan Techo canal is 180 km long from Prek Takeo of the Mekong River, through the Prek Ta Ek of the Bassac River, then into Prek Ta Hing of the Bassac River, Koh Thom district, and extends to the Kep province passes through four provinces, including Kandal, Takeo, Kampot and Kep, with a total population of 1.6 million people living on both side of the waterway. The construction of the new waterway project is estimated to cost USD 1.7 billion and take about four years to complete.