- 80 percent of Cambodia's highways and half of the capital's streets are in major
need of repair according to the Ministry of Public Works.
- Nearly 80 percent of the country's 4,000 major bridges have been seriously damaged
in the past two decades.
- The government's main transport priority is to rebuild a 291km stretch of Highway
Five between Phnom Penh and Battambang province as a link to the Thai border.
- Another government priority is to improve the first 30km of main roads leading
from the capital.
- Cambodia's principle road network consists of approximately 3,500km of national
roads linking Phnom Penh to various provinces, and about 2,550km of sub-roads.
- There are approximately 649km of operational railway line in Cambodia.
- Most major roads constructed to international standards were laid since the 1960s.
Today, the majority are not suitable for heavy vehicles or large traffic volume.
- The Secretary of State at the Ministry of Public Works, Mr Tram Iv Tek, says
his department's budget is insufficient to carry out primary tasks.
- Between 1990-93 the State released only $550,000 annually to repair roads and
- The Ministry of Public Works operates 230 obsolete Soviet vehicles.
- The UN Development Program (UNDP) is spending $6.3m to improve Cambodia's infrastructure.
- Since 1992, UNDP has been responsible for maintaining repairs along Highway Five.
About 204km has been covered with gravel as a temporary measure.
- UNDP is spending $2.5 million to replace six bridges totaling 334 meters.
- Officially, Highway Five is safe for vehicles to travel 100 kph.
- The Asian Development Bank has given Cambodia a soft loan of $32.5 million to
help improve road and rail links and port facilities.
- The US government has signed an exchange note with Cambodia to cover the repair
of Highway Four from Phnom Penh to Kompong Som to the value of $24 million. The road,
already regarded as the best in the country, was originally built in 1950 by United
States grant aid.
- The Japanese government is spending approximately $37.5 million rebuilding Phnom
Penh's Chroy Changvar bridge. Additional funds have been allocated to lay asphalt
along the first 45km of Highway Six from the bridge.
- France has donated $3 million for a "road laboratory" to test materials
and repair railway locomotives.
- UNTAC engineering teams from Japan, China, Thailand and The Netherlands repaired
324km of Highways Two, Five and Six and 517 meters of bridges.
- Negotiations on EBA being held
In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5
- Ministers to tackle sea pollutants
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s
- Chinese police escort deported scam suspects
Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters
- Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?
Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release