Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol expects that Cambodia will be able to break ground on the construction of the Phnom Penh Logistics Centre (PPLC) next year.

Chanthol made the remarks during a Stakeholder Consultation meeting on a master plan for "multi-modal transport and logistics connectivity" on June 17 to collect additional inputs before submitting it to the Council of Ministers for approval.

"We hope that in 2022, when Cambodia hosts the ASEAN Summit, we can sign a concession agreement with Singapore's YCH and to break ground on the PPLC construction," he said.

On March 4, the ministry signed a framework agreement with YCH, with the support of Infrastructure Asia (IA), to study the PPLC project for nine months and to negotiate a concession agreement on implementing this project.

The discussion focused on two master plans – Air Transport and Multi-modal Transport and Logistics – which are intended to be comprehensive and effective in attracting investment and boosting Cambodia's economic growth.

"We will convene a National Logistics Committee meeting next week before submitting it to the Cabinet for approval of the master plan on multi-modal transport connectivity and logistics," he said.

On September 10 last year, the ministry and YCH began discussions on the PPLC project, located on 98ha in Dangkor district's Samrong Krom commune, west of the Phnom Penh International Airport.