Update on the ASEAN 7,000 km Singapore-Kunming Rail Link to 5 Mekong Basin capital cities

ASEAN economic ministers have emphasised the need for the activities under the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link  (SKRL) to be aligned and synchronised with those of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC).

The 7,000 km  circular rail link will connect the capital cities of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. and is a flagship project of the ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Cooperation (AMBDC) and a priority agenda in the ASEAN transport cooperation.

The ministers were updated on the projects' progress at the 13th Ministerial Meeting on AMBDC held in Manado, North Sulawesi. They advised that given that the SKRL is one of the many key actions under the MPAC, the Ministers encouraged the Special Working Group on the SKRL to coordinate closely with the ASEAN Connectivity Coordinating Committee (ACCC).

"Given the mammoth size of the project and the resource constraints, special effort and assistance will be drawn from with ASEAN, from interested Dialogue Partners, and other International Organisations to complete the project," Antara news agency reported.