Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japan gives $41M in new aid

Japan gives $41M in new aid

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Mikami and Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhon sign the agreement for the ODA grant that provides $41 million in assistance to fight coronavirus. Foreign Ministry

Japan gives $41M in new aid

Japan has increased its Official Development Assistance (ODA) Grant by approximately 45 million Yen ($41 million) for three projects – the improvement of referral hospitals in Siem Reap province, human resource development scholarship and economic and social development programmes.

The move comes in response to a request from the government.

A press release issued by the Japanese Embassy on Friday said the projects were discussed between Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn and Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Mikami.

According to the press release, the Japanese government will provide $3.2 million in human resource development scholarships for young government officials to receive degrees from graduate schools in Japan.

Approximately $20 million will go towards the improvement of referral hospitals in Siem Reap province and $18.4 million to economic and social development programmes to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Sokhonn said at the signing ceremony on May 24 that Japan has provided grants and concession credits totalling $310 million to expand water supply systems, clear mines and for mine-related victims, social-economic development programmes, and improvements to National Road 5.

“While countries around the world, including Japan, are facing extreme difficulty and uncertainty due to the spread of Covid-19, the government of Japan is still committed to supporting the long-term development of Cambodia.

The donations today will improve the well-being and quality of our human resources to achieve our economic diversification in transforming Cambodia into an upper-medium income country [by] 2030,” Sokhonn said.

On behalf of the Cambodian government and people, Sokhonn thanked the Japanese government and people profoundly for the new ODA, in addition to generous aid provided to Cambodia since the beginning of the 1990s.

Mikami said the world is facing an unprecedented threat from Covid-19 and international collaborations were important and indispensable. The virus has seriously affected societies and economies, he said.

“Japan has until now spearheaded international efforts to achieve global health insurance.

“Considering that Covid-19 is affecting countries which have weak health systems, I highlight the importance of strengthening health systems in all countries, not just measures to prevent symptoms. Our commitment is based on this idea and the needs of Cambodia,” Mikami said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia to waive quarantine requirements Nov 15, no PCR test required

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to lift all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers and visitors – both Cambodians and foreign nationals – effective from November 15 onward. In a special message addressed to officials and relevant authorities on November 14, Hun Sen said this policy will enable

  • PM: No more quarantine for vaccinated travellers

    Cambodia is lifting all quarantine requirements for vaccinated inbound travellers entering Cambodia by air, waterway or land border checkpoints effective from November 15. Travellers will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival rather than waiting for the results of the lengthier polymerase chain

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration