The Thai and Myanmar leaders have agreed to upgrade the Singkhon border crossing to the status of a permanent crossing point, a government official has advised. The Governor of Prachuab Khiri Khan, Weera Sriwatanathrakul said that during his official visit to Myanmar, the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and President Thein Sein discussed an upgrade of the Singkhon border crossing.
This is about 22 kilometers from Prachuapkhirikhan town. Both countries agreed that an upgrade could be done before the confirmation of a border area survey report, from the Thai-Myanmar Joint Boundary Commission. The Thai government can proceed to make an announcement of the upgrade after the approval of cabinet. There will be a celebration of the opening of the permanent crossing point and activities to promote the relationship between the two countries. This is an important step forward for the economy in Prachuab Khiri Khan province, and helps prepare it for the AEC integration next year, said the governor.
The PM’s visit to Myanmar also saw the signing of a sister cities agreement between Prachuab Khiri Khan province of Thailand and Marid City of Myanmar. This plan has been proposed a number of times in the past. A previous announcement for the opening was reported in Hua Hin in 2012 although the plan did not eventuate.