Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New minister pledges transport reforms

New minister pledges transport reforms

New minister pledges transport reforms

The incoming minister of public works and transport, Sun Chanthol, has vowed to make life easier and safer for drivers, while pledging to make bold infrastructure improvements to attract more investment.

“We will extend the port, renovate the railway to diminish the transportation cost, and that will help us to compete with the neighbouring countries to attract investment and tourists as well,” he said on Saturday after a conference in Phnom Penh.

Chanthol, who previously served as transport minister from 2004 to 2008, is one of several ministers set to change posts in a reshuffle announced on Friday.

He became commerce minister in 2013, following a post-election cabinet shake-up, and has since enacted several business-friendly projects, including moving business registration online.

He is expected to return to the Transport Ministry following a National Assembly vote on April 4.

Road Safety Institute director Ear Chariya said he was optimistic about the new ministerial appointment, given Chantol’s record at the Commerce Ministry. But he cautioned that the task would not be easy, urging “transparent bidding” on infrastructure projects.

MOST VIEWED

  • South Korea’s first lady brings hope to ill boy

    South Korea’s first lady Kim Keon-hee – wife of current president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol – met with a 14-year-boy with congenital heart disease during her trip to the Kingdom for the ASEAN Summit. After their meeting it was announced that the

  • Hun Sen gets Covid, shuns G20, APEC summits

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said he has tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he is slated to attend the G20 summit in his capacity of the ASEAN chair. In a social media post addressing the Cambodian public, he said: “Before leaving Cambodia, I always

  • Moody’s sets outlook rating to ‘negative’ for Cambodia

    US global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service Inc on November 15 announced that it downgraded Cambodia’s outlook from “stable” to “negative” and maintained its B2 local and foreign currency issuer ratings. “The negative outlook reflects a deteriorating external position as illustrated by the severe

  • Hun Sen’s Covid infection caused by ‘weakened antibody’ after summit

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said exhaustion from heavy workload before and during the recent ASEAN Summit may have led to him contracting Covid-19 due to his weakened immune system, while rejecting speculations that the infection was caused by leaders of some countries who did not

  • Korean first lady paves way for ill boy’s surgery

    A 14-year-old boy with congenital heart disease who was lucky enough to meet with South Korean first lady Kim Keon-hee may get the chance of a lifetime and receive surgery and treatment at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea. After seeing his plight, many

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol