Indonesia to Expand Its Investment in Railways, Ports in Cambodia

(Phnom Penh): With the experience of Indonesia’s rail trade and investment with Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Bangladesh and Africa, the Indonesian Transport Minister expressed his wish to expand business and investment in Cambodia’s rail and port sectors since his country owns a large state-owned factory producing trains, locomotives, iron ore and other components.

The comment was made during a working dinner on Wednesday which Transport Minister Sun Chanthol led a delegation to visit Indonesia from September 18-21 to strengthen cooperation in public infrastructure.

The Transport Minister presented the project of upgrading existing Cambodian railways and the construction of new railways as well as the development of Cambodia’s ports. The Minister welcomed Indonesia’s cooperation and investment in Cambodia and encouraged the Indonesian side to study and assess investment in Cambodia. The two sides also discussed and exchanged experiences on a number of related fields, including rice trade.

He also asked the Indonesian government to reconsider the purchase of rice from Cambodia, which both sides signed in 2012. At the same time, the Indonesian Transport Minister promised to bring the Senior Minister’s request to the ministry for consideration.

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