Chinese-built road facilitates travel, goods transport in southwest Cambodia – Xinhua

Aerial photo taken on March 25, 2022 shows the Chinese-built No. 51 National Road in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia. (Photo by Van Pov/Xinhua)

The Chinese-built National Road No. 51 plays an important role in facilitating travel flows and cargo transportation in southwestern Cambodia. “The road will not only help improve the livelihoods of local people, but also help to deepen the bond of friendship between the people of the two countries,” said a local resident.

KAMPONG SPEU, Cambodia, March 26 (Xinhua) — Connecting Kampong Speu and Kandal provinces in southwestern Cambodia, the Chinese-built No. 51 National Road plays an important role in facilitating travel flows and freight transport.

Built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation under a concessional loan from the Chinese government, the 37.9 km long and 12 meter wide asphalt road was a strategic road linking National Highway No. 5 to Kampong Speu and National Highway No. 4. at Kandal.

Locals have said in the past that the road is bumpy and very difficult to navigate due to large potholes and very dusty in the dry season and slippery and flooded in the rainy season.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen cuts the ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese-built No. 51 National Road in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia, March 25, 2022. (Photo by Ly Lay/ Xinhua)

“Before, it took almost the whole morning or afternoon to drive this distance, but now it only takes 30 to 40 minutes due to the good road,” Muth Sokleang, a salesman, told Xinhua on Friday. vegetables along the road. .

“This road built by the Chinese is really important in facilitating the movement and transport of goods and agricultural products such as rice, bananas, mangoes and vegetables from farms to markets,” said the 39-year-old. adding “It also saves time and money.”

Chhem Thath Thay, a 21-year-old resident along the road, said that since the construction of the road, land prices in the surrounding area have skyrocketed.

“Thank you, China, for building this road which has brought us new hope,” he told Xinhua. “The road will not only help improve the livelihoods of local people, but also help to deepen the bond of friendship between the people of the two countries.”

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed deep gratitude to China for funding the project, saying transport infrastructure was the key element to boost economic growth. and reduce poverty.

“This road will play an important role in facilitating travel and transportation of goods as it accommodates many large-scale factories and enterprises as well as residential projects,” he said. “Although COVID-19 has disturbed us, it cannot prevent our development, especially development projects undertaken by China.”

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of the Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement, saying the two agreements are a new stimulus for Cambodia’s trade growth.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the Chinese-built No. 51 National Road in Kampong Speu Province, Cambodia, March 25, 2022. (Photo by Ly Lay/ Xinhua)

Wu Guoquan, economic and commercial counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, said the pragmatic cooperation between China and Cambodia has continuously yielded new fruits, pointing out that in recent months some Chinese-backed projects such as roads, bridges, stadiums and hospitals were put into operation.

“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, our pragmatic cooperation has yielded more fruitful results that truly reflect the rock-solid friendship between China and Cambodia,” he said at the event.

Wu said the China-Cambodia community with a shared future during the pandemic has set a pattern for building a new type of international relations.

“We will continue to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and make good use of the CCFTA and RCEP to push our bilateral trade volume to a new high,” he said.

Cambodian Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said the road has improved both transport infrastructure and the livelihoods of people in the two provinces.

“This is another new achievement and a precious gift from the governments of Cambodia and China to the people of Kampong Speu and Kandal in particular and the people of the whole country in general,” he said.

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