Cambodia: Gov’t receives report on intermodal transport master plan

A Chinese-aided study on the intermodal transport master plan has been completed and the report was handed to the Cambodian government as the Kingdom prepares the comprehensive Intermodal Transport master plan for 2022-2030.

The report was presented in a ceremony on Wednesday in the presence of Ros Seilava, member of the Supreme National Economic Council, representatives of the Chinese company, Chinese Embassy in Cambodia and partner organizations.

Under a grant from the Chinese government, the study was initiated by the Supreme National Economic Council in collaboration with the China International Engineering Consulting Corporation (CIECC), development partners and the private sector.

The report will be used in compiling the comprehensive master plan on intermodal transport in Cambodia, said Seilava.

“The Supreme National Economic Council, together with the National Council of Logistics and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, will combine the report when drafting the master plan on connectivity and logistics and other reports of studies by institutions and other development partners aimed at building a ‘Comprehensive Intermodal Transport Master Plan for Cambodia 2022-2030’,” Seilava said.

Cambodia is developing a comprehensive master plan for an intermodal transportation system to better develop Cambodia’s transport sector for connectivity with countries in the region and the world.

The China-backed study will contribute to the logistics and transportation enhancement in Cambodia, said Lim Heng, vice-president of the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce.

“The study report from the Chinese side is to help fill the gaps in the logistics of Cambodia to improve transport and reduce costs, which is important as now shipping cost in Cambodia is still higher compared to other Asean countries,” Heng said.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport is currently drafting the master plan for the connection of multimodal transport and logistics.

The efforts of the ministry in cooperation with YCH on the Phnom Penh logistics centre development study project, the Sihanoukville logistics center development study project, the Tonle Bassac navigation development study project, the high-speed rail modernization study project, the Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway project, and construction of the Kampong Thom-Kampong Chhnang, Battambang-Siem Reap Expressway are parts of the effective logistics system.