The Government of Japan has granted $425,000 for irrigation and bridge projects in three provinces, under the KUSANONE framework.

The breakdown includes $119,424 for irrigation facilities in Oddar Meanchey, $137,207 for a bridge in Kampong Chhnang, and $168,276 for a bridge in Stung Treng.

Taninai Ichitomo, business manager of the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh, highlighted during the grant signing ceremony that these projects will benefit approximately 10,000 residents, ensuring safe commutes and year-round transportation of agricultural products.

He expressed Japan’s commitment to addressing Cambodia’s challenges and contributing to its development through various economic and cooperation schemes.

Nhem Kourn, director of the Oddar Meanchey provincial water resource department, stated that this aid would restore irrigation systems in an area prone to water shortages and heavy rains.

“We expect this will benefit about 10,000 residents through the improvement of the irrigation systems, guaranteeing water supply for year-round farming,” he added.

Chhay Leaphea, director of Kampong Chhnang provincial public works department, detailed the aid’s use in building a concrete bridge, replacing a deteriorating one that posed risks to commuters.

“We expect this project to benefit local residents by allowing safe commutes. In addition, by enabling transportation of agricultural products, the increase in local incomes is anticipated,” he said.

Prom Chantha, director of the Stung Treng provincial rural development department, said that this assistance would be used to build a concrete bridge to replace a wooden one, ensuring safe access for villagers to schools, markets and health centres. 

“We believe this will directly benefit four villages by ensuring safe access to local resources throughout the year. The construction of a new bridge will also facilitate the transportation of agricultural products, which we expect will improve living standards and agricultural income,” he said.

Japan’s “KUSANONE” Projects began in Cambodia in 1991, supporting the country’s development. Since then, Japan has provided over $68 million for 684 projects focusing on promoting self-sufficiency in communities.