Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday broke ground on a project to renovate a 63.3 km stretch of National Road 21 connecting Kandal province’s Takhmao City to the Vietnamese border, a project that will cost more than $61.6 million.
Mr. Hun Sen said about $52.5 million of the cost would be funded by a loan from South Korea, while the government would pay for the remainder.
“This road will become a key artery for the development of remote areas along the border, which will be connected to the town area,” he said, adding that Cambodia had requested an extra $10 million from the Koreans to complete a further 8 km stretch of the road.
The Chrey Thom-Long Binh bridge, which connects Cambodia to Vietnam at the end of National Road 21, is scheduled to be completed by 2017.
During his speech, Mr. Hun Sen also noted that Cambodia has been growing closer to South Korea, with more than 10,000 babies having been born of marriages between Cambodians and Koreans.