RoK-Funded Renovation of NR21 Begins

The improvement project of National Road No. 21 from Takhmao town to Chrey Thom with the total length of 63.3 kilometers began this morning in a ceremony held in Sa-ang district, Kandal province, under the presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and H.E. Kim Weon-jin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to Cambodia.

The renovation is estimated to cost some US$61.6 million funded by a concessional loan of US$52.54 million from RoK and the Cambodian government’s budget of about US$9.06 million.

On the occasion, Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his gratitude to the RoK government for its assistance to Cambodia since the establishment of Cambodia-RoK diplomatic relations in 1996.

The Cambodian premier underlined that he is very proud of Cambodia’s right foreign policy of establishing diplomatic ties with RoK, in addition to those with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Once the relationship was tied, Samdech Techo Hun Sen paid an official visit to RoK and since then the cooperation between the two countries have been fostered and tightened. He also hoped that H.E. Ms. Park Geun-hye, President of RoK, will visit Cambodia.

At the same time, Samdech Techo Hun Sen sought more financial support from RoK for the improvement project of NR21 which lacks some US$10 million.

H.E. Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Public Works and Transport said this NR21 is the shortest way connecting Cambodia to Vietnam. It will contribute significantly to developing the remote areas along the border.

Source: AKP