Cambodian, Vietnamese Prime Ministers Appreciate New Infrastructure Achievement

AKP, April 24, 2017 –Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have expressed their appreciation for the Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge connecting Chrey Thom (Kandal province, Cambodia) and Long Binh (An Giang province, Vietnam).

The appreciation was made by both premiers while they co-presided over the bridge’s inauguration ceremony held in Chrey Thom village, Sampov Loun commune, Koh Thom district, Kandal province this morning.

The two leaders also expressed their strong hope that this cross border bridge will promote the cooperation and relationship between the two peoples and the bilateral cooperation on trade, tourism as well as the development along the common border.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen said this is a new fruitful achievement of the peace that the Royal Government of Cambodia has been established and maintained, as well as of the good cooperation and traditional friendship between Cambodia and Vietnam.

This newly inaugurated bridge will boost the two-way trade between both nations to reach US$5 billion as planned, he added.

For his part, H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the bridge will build closer relations between the two countries’ peoples and governments. He was also convinced that thanks to the bridge, it will be easier for the Cambodian and Vietnamese bordering provincial authorities to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in terms of trade, tourism and friendship.

The Chrey Thom-Long Binh Bridge is 427.44 meter long. Beside taking charge of the construction of half of the bridge, the Cambodian side built a connecting road of 2,674 metre long and 12 metre wide from the bridge to National Road No. 21, while the Vietnamese side constructed a connecting road of 2,700 metre long and 12 metre wide. Cambodia spent US$15.81 million and Vietnam US$17.80 million. The construction lasted about 27 months, from December 2014 to April 2017.

By Khan Sophirom