On February 9, Wang Tongzhou, Chairman of CCCC, paid a courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen in Beijing to discuss and exchange views on deepening cooperation in transport infrastructure construction and other fields.
Hun Sen said, CCCC has built many bridges, roads and other infrastructure projects for the Cambodian people and played an active role in the eco-social development of Cambodia. Cambodia welcomes CCCC to continue to conduct business in more areas in Cambodia.
Wang Tongzhou said, CCCC always regards Cambodia as a key market for cooperation and a priority for investment, and CCCC will continue to give full play to its comprehensive advantages in large transportation and big cities, as well as in river, lake and sea management, continue to increase its investment in Cambodia's highways, railways, water conservancy, power and energy projects, carry out more people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and actively fulfill our social responsibilities, so as to make new contributions to the building of the China-Cambodia community with a shared future.
On February 11, People's Daily published an article on the continuous deepening of practical cooperation between China and Cambodia on page 3, saying that the key projects such as the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway invested, built and operated by CCCC, have brought tangible benefits to the two peoples.
Cambodia's Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway
The Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which connects Phnom Penh with the tourist attraction—Sihanoukville, is the first motorway in Cambodia with four lanes and a total length of 187.05 km.
As of now, the cumulative traffic flow of the expressway has 1.6 million vehicles. Khmer Times in Cambodia said that the expressway has been operating well, providing a safe, comfortable and convenient experience for travelers, and has also boosted the economic and social development along the route.
Located at Sihanoukville, the Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is known as the "engine of Sihanoukville province's economy." In 2022, the Sihanoukville SEZ's total exports and imports amounted to nearly 2.5 billion dollars, with a year-on-year increase of 12%. There are 175 companies in the SEZ, offering about 30,000 jobs for the local people.