New Bridge to Link Cambodia and Vietnam

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will break ground on January 14 with a 428-meter-long bridge spanning the Bak Dai River, linking Kandal province’s Koh Thom district with Vietnam’s An Giang province, Transport Minister Tram Iv Tek said Tuesday.

The new Chrey Thom bridge is expected to cut travel times between Phnom Penh and Vietnam, as well as boost trade between the two nations.

“The bridge will ease connection of the two peoples, Cambodian and Vietnamese,” Mr. Iv Tek said.

“It is very important since it will be a connection point for trade to take place.”

The bridge is expected to cost $19 million, of which about half will be borne by Vietnam, and half will be paid for by Cambodia using money borrowed from Vietnam,” said Mr. Iv Tek, adding he could not recall the exact amount of money Cambodia is set to borrow for the project.

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