Construction of Mekong River-Crossing Kratie Bridge to begin next month in Kratie province, Cambodia

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Construction of Mekong River-Crossing Kratie Bridge to begin next month in Kratie province, Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen will break ground on the construction of the Mekong River-Crossing Kratie Province Bridge and the improvement of National Road 7 from Skun downtown to Kampong Cham town in January 2023, said a release of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).

The organising ground-breaking ceremony for the two Chinese-financed projects was discussed in a meeting at MPWT led by Lim Sidenin, Secretary of State at the ministry and attended by members of committees and sub-committees to divide responsibilities to effectively and safely manage the event, the release said.

Sidenin told the officials who attended the meeting that the responsibilities need to be divided among members of the committees and sub-committees in charge of the event so that Prime Minister Hun Sen will be able to break ground the construction of the projects successfully and smoothly.

“The officials exchanged ideas regarding key points such as preparing speeches for the leaders, selecting the location for the event, and preparing invitation letters to top government officials, national guests and international guests to take part in the very important event. Additionally, they also need to prepare information data, photos and videos and files,” the release pointed out.

All materials—both hard and soft copies—need to be prepared and sent to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Hun Sen for review and requesting public announcement beforehand on his official social media.

Sun Chanthol, Minister of MPWT, said during his last inspection visit to the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway that the National Road 7 has been expanded to four from two lanes from Skun district to Kampong Cham city—about 47 kilometres—will, along with other major national roads, support the implementation of the Master Plan for Preah Sihanouk Province Multipurpose Special Economic Zone.

“The roads would allow them to travel comfortably and reach their targets smoothly and we will be able to attract more investors… Why are we pushing up very much? It is because it will allow us to have roads enough to support the development of Cambodia’s coastal region with the master plan,” Chanthol said.

The government has decided to conduct a study and prepare a master plan to develop and transform Preah Sihanouk Province into a model multi-purpose special economic zone, as set out in the Cambodian Industrial Development Policy 2015-2025, according to MEF’s Chea Kokhong, Project Director for the Master Plan.

This master plan is the compass for developing Sihanoukville Province into a model multi-purpose SEZ and key economic pole to serve the regional production chain to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in a sustainable and continuity way. This plan is a strategic with a long-term, clear vision. There will be other roads to connect Battambang to Siem Reap and Kampong Chhang to Kampong Thom.