Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Minister hastens work on PPLC

Minister hastens work on PPLC

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Finance minister and NCL chairman Aun Pornmoniroth says the PPLC project will streamline the Kingdom’s logistics sector. Heng Chivoan

Minister hastens work on PPLC

Minister of Economy and Finance and National Council of Logistics (NCL) chairman Aun Pornmoniroth on Wednesday called for relevant institutions to support the Singapore-based YCH Group Pte Ltd in its feasibility study of a monumental logistics hub in western Phnom Penh.

The institutions must ensure that YCH completes its study on the Phnom Penh Logistics Centre (PPLC) as soon as possible for a prompt launch of the project, which is set to streamline the Kingdom’s logistics sector.

Pornmoniroth said this at the second meeting of the NCL, which was held at the ministry.

The NCL is a specialised inter-ministerial team that is designed to tackle the high costs of the Kingdom’s logistics sector and promote the efficient flow of exports.

He told the institutions to gauge YCH’s needs and determine what the government can do to accelerate work on the project.

He added that YCH’s study would provide the basis for determining the PPLC’s business model.

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said a framework agreement between his ministry and YCH for the development of the PPLC has already been drafted.

But having obtained additional input from the NCL meeting, he said the agreement would be amended with careful attention that the scope and content of the revisions are in line with the agreement’s subject matter and is beneficial to the Kingdom.

YCH identifies itself as the Asia-Pacific region’s leading integrated end-to-end supply chain management and logistics partner.

The ministry’s General Department of Logistics director Chhieng Pich told The Post in August that a then-recently-completed early-stage feasibility analysis of the PPLC had provided positive results.

He said the study showed that the project would be economically viable and commercialising it would benefit the private and public sectors.

The PPLC is to be located on 98ha of land in the capital’s Samraong Kraom commune just northwest of the Phnom Penh International Airport.

Its location is strategically significant as it sits between Sihanoukville Autonomous Port and the Poipet rail line on the border with Thailand. It is also located near National Roads 3 and 4, as well as the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone.

Cambodia’s weak logistics infrastructure has long impeded its trade sector, with a 2014 World Bank report showing that the Kingdom’s export costs were 30 per cent higher than those of neighbouring countries.

In 2016, the Japan International Cooperation Agency estimated that Cambodia charges its exporters $540 per twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), compared to $200 in Thailand and $250 in Vietnam.

A TEU is an inexact unit of cargo capacity used in the shipping industry roughly equivalent to a container with internal dimensions measuring about 20 feet long, eight feet wide and 8.5 feet tall, or a volume roughly 38.5 cubic metres.


  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • AstraZeneca jabs touch down in Phnom Penh airport

    The first shipment of 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/SII vaccine which was provided through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was delivered to Phnom Penh International Airport on March 2. The rest of the COVAX provided vaccines will arrive in Cambodia at a later date.

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases