Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japan provides grant for demining

Japan provides grant for demining

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Demining personnel in Stung Treng in 2014. Pha Lina

Japan provides grant for demining

The Japanese government has provided nearly $4 million in aid to the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) for demining operations in the Kingdom.

CMAC director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Sunday that Japan has offered $3,536,680 for mine clearance throughout the Kingdom and another $300,000 for CMAC operations in Battambang province, which also involves supporting mine victims for 12 months starting from January 1 to December 31.

With the new donation, more than 450 mine experts will have enough capacity to clear over 2,750ha of mines.

Since 1992, CMAC has cleared over three million mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), amounting to around 72 per cent of mines left over from decades of war.

Ny Nhar, Victim Assistance Department deputy director at the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), told The Post that since 1979 there have been 64,771 mine victims. Of that number, nearly 20,000 were killed and over 40,000 disabled.

“We will provide training and opportunities for them to start a business," he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh authorities ban march for Human Rights Day

    Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless. The UN

  • US Embassy urges reconciliation

    The US has urged Cambodia to restore the independence of the media, drop charges against Kem Sokha and other political prisoners, and end the prohibition of political activity by opposition parties. However, senior government officials see the request, issued by US embassy spokesman Arend C

  • Government deports 235 Chinese scammers

    THE Immigration Department of the Ministry of Interior on Thursday deported 235 Chinese nationals, 35 of whom were female, via the Phnom Penh International Airport for their part in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) online money extortion scam. The deportees were arrested on November 26 over the

  • EU companies voice concern over impact of possible EBA withdrawal

    European companies operating in Cambodia voiced concern over the potential repercussions of removing the Kingdom’s Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential scheme, as the EU Ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar, led an EU-organised media trip this week. Speaking in Siem Reap province as part of