New border gate to promote Vietnam-Cambodia trade hinh anh 1A container truck at the Moc Bai international border gate (Photo: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodia will open a new international border gate, named Prey Vor, in Svay Rieng province’s Kampong Ror district soon, to enhance cross-border trade with Vietnam.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will chair the inauguration ceremony of the border gate, Cambodia’s news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP) on September 12 quoted Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol as saying.

Construction of infrastructure at the new border gate, which connects with Binh Hiep commune in the Mekong Delta province of Long An of Vietnam, has completed, while competent authorities are arranging the inaugural ceremony, Sun Chanthol said.

Currently, the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport is studying the possible upgrade of a 25-kilometre-long road toward the Prey Vor border gate to facilitate transport activities right after the gate become operational.

On September 7, the  ministry chaired a meeting to discuss the opening of another border gate with Vietnam to ease serious congestion at the Bavet-Moc Bai international border gate.

According to Secretary of State at this ministry Nou Savath, the Bavet-Moc Bai border gate used to have between 250-300 container trucks crossing a day, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, only 70 go through a day.

He said the minister will also ask the government to prepare the terminal for containers to ease traffic jam, adding: “We also want to prepare different lines for different goods containers and empty containers and we also have to prepare a line for passengers and small goods as well.”

Statistics from the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia showed that Cambodia’s exports to Vietnam surged 7.5 percent to 592 million USD during January-July, while imports fell some 3.7 percent to over 2.39 billion USD./.