The Third Thailand-Cambodia Joint Cabinet Retreat has proven successful. It was held in Phnom Penh on 7 September and was co-chaired by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
The Joint Cabinet Retreat emphasized connectivity in various dimensions, and a plan for the establishment of four new border checkpoints. Nong Ean - Stung Bot border checkpoint construction project, in particular, will be expedited.
Prime Minister General Prayut also thanked the Cambodian Premier for writing four songs as gifts for the Thai government’s assistance to construct a bridge crossing Ban Nong Ean - Stung Bot.
Both countries also agreed to speed up rail system linkage between Aranyaprathet- Poipet- Serei Saophoan and Phnom Penh, so that the rail network would be completed by 2019. Once completed, this will become the first rail route that links Thailand with Mekong Sub-regional countries, and will accommodate train travel between Thailand and Cambodia.
With regard to bilateral trade value that has been set to achieve USD 1,500 million by 2020, relevant agencies in both countries were assigned to seek additional measures to promote border trade activities around Nong Ean - Stung Bot border checkpoint, and other future checkpoints. Thailand also agreed to import Cambodia’s agricultural products and export them to third countries.
The Prime Minister also affirmed that Thailand will take good care and protect the rights of Cambodian legal workers in Thailand, in accordance with Thai laws. He also emphasized imports of Cambodian workers at a G-to-G level.