Amsterdam of ASEAN: Laem Chabang to develop into regional cargo hub
THE government plans to transform the deep-sea port in Laem Chabang into the “Amsterdam Port” of ASEAN.
“Laem Chabang Phase 3 will be an important project as it will (be developed) to become ‘the Amsterdam of Asean’ to help distribute goods from China, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (to the rest of the world),” Vice PM’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool told a seminar yesterday.
Similar to the Port of Amsterdam, which serves regional shipping traffic and complements London port, which connects Europe to the rest of the world, Thailand is keen to develop its Laem Chabang Port as a regional gateway for Asean and a complement to Singapore, which acts as an international gateway.
Meanwhile, Cambodian Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak has once again called on Thailand to consider giving access to Cambodian agricultural products to transit to the Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri before being exported to a third country.
The minister also called for a memorandum of understanding to be signed between the two countries to ensure the flow of trade through the port.
Speaking to a group of Thai businesspeople from the Thai Business Council in Cambodia, Sorasak said Cambodia and Thailand should have an MoU to facilitate the transit of agricultural products from Cambodia to third countries, the Khmer Times online reported on July 8.
At present Cambodian agricultural products are not allowed access to or be transited through Thai ports.