Cambodia requests new checkpoint be opened

Cambodia requests new checkpoint be opened

Cambodia is requesting that a new checkpoint be opened to allow transborder transport and travel between Trat province and Thmor Dar in Cambodia's Pursat province.

The request was made during an online meeting led by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and his Cambodian counterpart, Sun Chanthol, said a source.

The Cambodian side asked for a border checkpoint to be built and operated as part of the Cross Border Transport Agreement (CBTA), the source said.

Both sides agreed to discuss the proposed Trat-Thmor Dar border checkpoint after a conclusion on the proposal is reached.

The Cambodian side also expressed gratitude for Thailand's donation of rail tracks and other related materials for use in improving Cambodia's Mongkol Borei-Battambang-Pursat railway. The CBTA is a single comprehensive legal instrument that includes all of the non-physical measures for cross-border land transport.

Under the CBTA, vehicles, drivers, goods and passengers will be allowed to cross national borders through the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) road transport system.

The agreement promotes the elimination of intermediary stops or trans-shipment, as well as promoting the reduction in the amount of time spent crossing borders. Increasing the number of border checkpoints as part of the CBTA is believed to help maximise the effectiveness of the GMS transport networks. The CBTA complements the existing physical infrastructure of the GMS countries.

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