Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Japan counterpart Kishida Fumio recently agreed to work together to make Sihanoukville a major port for Cambodia and the Mekong region. Both sides agreed to actively explore new opportunities for the sustainable infrastructure development of Cambodia after the bilateral meeting between the two prime ministers.
Cambodia’s ministry of public works and transport (MPWT) confirmed early this year that it was developing and modernising new container ports through a study with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s deep-sea port that will be developed to allow larger ships to dock, allowing more goods to pass through Cambodia. At present, the port can handle ships with a depth of more than 9 m, about 20 per cent of the ships in the area.