A new border checkpoint between Thailand and Banteay Meanchey province in Cambodia is planned, officials said this week.
After signing a joint agreement for a new checkpoint last year, in order to boost bilateral trade, Banteay Meanchey authorities sent a letter to Thailand’s Sa Kaeo provincial authority to discuss the plan, according to a report in the Khmer Times.
The letter apparently says the checkpoint will be located near Banteay Meanchey’s 43rd border post, opposite Sa Kaeo province’s Non Mak Mun district.
“Now, this new checkpoint hasn’t opened yet”, the letter says. “Therefore, the Banteay Meanchey provincial administration calls on the Sa Kaeo provincial governor to set a date and place to hold a meeting over the issue”.
In August last year, Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng and his Thai counterpart, Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda, had talks in Thailand regarding bilateral ties and co-operation of interest on trade issues between the two southeast Asian nations. The discussions also included adding at least one new border checkpoint linking the two countries.
Cheoun Krai Yong, chief of Banteay Meanchey’s provincial cabinet, told Khmer Times that infrastructural improvements leading up to the new border’s opening are now almost finished.
“As per the master plan, we have now constructed a road and other infrastructure to connect with the Thai road at the border checkpoint when Thailand completes its road”, Mr. Krai Yong said.
He added that the new checkpoint will increase the import and export capacities of both Thailand and Cambodia.
“The new checkpoint is expected to be completed this year”, Mr. Krai Yong said.
Cambodia-Thai trade was worth $5.14 billion last year, with Thai exports worth more than $4.5 billion and Cambodian exports at $590 million, up from 2013’s $4.5 billion in bilateral trade.
SOURCE: Khmer Times.