Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 13th May 2016
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 13 May 2016 – The Mekong River Commission Secretariat in Phnom Penh on 10 May transferred its navigation speedboat and floating dock along with some spare parts to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s Waterway Department through the Cambodia National Mekong Committee to be used for any navigational works of the Department specifically and the Ministry generally.
The transfer of this navigation speedboat is in line with the MRC’s ongoing reform that is moving from the programme-based structure to a core river basin management function one where the MRC Member Countries are to handle more of activities in their respective countries. The speedboat will serve one of these activities on the navigational works in Cambodia.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Mr Sophort So, MRC Secretariat’s Director of Operations Division, believed that the boat would become a useful tool to the navigation related works of the Waterway Department and Ministry, while encouraging that the boat be used prudently.
“I have a strong confidence that this speedboat will provide a battery of benefits to the Ministry, as it has been the case at the MRC Secretariat, and I would highly encouraged that it be used wisely”, Mr Sophort said.
The speedboat was bought in 2009 under the then MRC’s Navigation Programme and has since been served as a means to the implementation of traffic safety surveys, and the installation of aids to navigation and surveys on these existing aids at selected Mekong River stretches in Lao PDR and Cambodia.