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Thailand and Cambodia has agreed at the 3rd Joint Cabinet Retreat in Phnom Penh today (Sept 7) to go ahead with the opening of four more border crossings as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha promised to take a good care of all legal Cambodian migrant workers.
Gen Prayut and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday (Sept 7) co-chaired the 3rd Joint Cabinet Retreat (JCR) in Phnom Penh to exchange opinions on various issues and promote partnership for peace and prosperity, according to a Government House release.
The two sides agreed that the Thai-Cambodian relations and constructive cooperation have increased on every level. Thailand has placed importance on border development, especially to connect the two countries both by land and sea, with an aim to enhance economic growth along the border through cross-border trade and tourism.
The two sides discussed preparations to open four more border crossings, particularly a permanent border checkpoint at Nong Ian – Stung Bot where a bridge across the border, buildings and other facilities are required to be completed as soon as possible.
Gen Prayut thanked Hun Sen for composing four songs as a gift for the Thai government’s assistance to build the Nong Ian – Stung Bot bridge.
The two countries agreed to expedite the construction of the rail route from Aranyaprathet to Poipet, Si Sophone and Phnom Penh so that it can be completed by 2019. Once completed, the railway will serve as a tourist route between the two countries and in the sub-region. It will be the first rail route connecting Thailand and other countries in the Mekong sub-region.
Regarding the joint target of increasing the bilateral trade volume to 15,000 million dollars by 2020, concerned agencies have been assigned to find measures to promote cross-border trade, including at the Nong Ian – Stung Bot which will soon be opened.
Gen Prayut told the Cambodian side Thailand will take a good care of all legal Cambodian migrant workers, to make sure that they get due protection and benefits according to the Thai law. Emphasis will be given to government-to-government import of labour forces.
The Thai prime minister was full of praise for the signing of an agreement between the two countries to do away with double-taxation to enable more investments to flow to Cambodia.
The two prime ministers were satisfied with continued cooperation in the field of security and suppression of drugs and human-trafficking as well as steps taken to solve the problem over the poaching of protected phayung (Siamese Rosewood) trees.
Gen Prayut and his entourage are scheduled to return to Thailand Thursday afternoon.