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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport Signs the Records of Discussions with KOICA of Two Projects on Master Plan Railway and Road Safety for NR No. 3 & 48

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The Ministry of Public Works and Transport Signs the Records of Discussions with KOICA of Two Projects on Master Plan Railway and Road Safety for NR No. 3 & 48

KOICA News Release: translate from local newspaper
From KOICA Cambodia Office
News Release in Rasmei Kampuchea Daily Newspaper
Vol: 19, # 5533, Sunday-Monday, June 19-20, 2011


Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Public Works and Transport signed the Record of Discussions of two projects: “The Project for Master Plan for Railway Network Development in Cambodia” and “The Project for Road Safety Equipment & Materials and Safety Measures for National Road No. 3 and National Road No. 48” with the total estimated budget of $6 million which was the grant aid from the Government of the Republic of Korea between H.E. Tauch Chankosal, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Dr. Shin Eui-cheol, Resident Representative of KOICA Cambodia Office under the presidency of H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and H.E. Chang Ho-jin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said at the signing ceremony on June 17, 2011 that the Project for Master Plan for Railway Network Development in Cambodia was immediately reflecting the urgent requirements and policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia for encouraging the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability in land transport within the country as well as in the region because the railway was the one of the immense weighty transport alternatives which shared heavy load transport from the National Road resulting in saving road maintenance costs, reducing road traffic congestions and improving road traffic safety.

He added that regarding the Project for the assistance in providing road equipment and materials and road safety measures for National Road No. 3 and National Road No. 48 for the period of three (3) years from 2011 to 2013 was contributed to the reducing traffic accidents. He continued to say that, in this circumstance, this project would facilitate the effort of the Royal Government of Cambodia in poverty alleviation and would help to improve traffic safety and reduce accidents of the road users. H.E. Minister also expressed his deeply appreciation to the people and the Government of the Republic of Korea for further assistances in the Public works and transport sectors.

At the same time, H.E. Slot Sambo, Under Secretary of State of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport told the reporters that the Republic of Korea was one of the best development partners of the Kingdom of Cambodia in all sectors including Trades, Industry, Tourism, Health, Education, Information technology and especially in the Public works and transport sector. This could be witnessed through implementation of the concession loan from the Republic of Korea for the improvement of the about 170 km sections of National Road No. 3 from Phnom Penh to Trapaing Ropouv connections with National Road No. 4 to the Cambodian International Deep Sea Port at Sihanoukville and with National Road No. 48 to the border with Thailand at Cham Yeam (Cambodia-Thailand) with the connections of the Asian Highway and other roads such as National Road No. 31 and National Road 33 and the bypass road of Kampot Province. Moreover, KOICA provided many capacity building programs in the field of Public works and transport as well as in land transport and on water transport which were conducted in the Republic of Korea.

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