Twenty-four civil servants from Cambodian ministries and state institutions have been awarded scholarships by the Japanese government.

The scholarships are for the 2023-2025 academic years, with studies to begin in Japan in August for strengthening capabilities to contribute further to the Kingdom’s socio-economic development.

Lim Huy Chiv, an adviser to the Ministry of Economy and Finance and deputy-director of taxation, met with the students before they departed for Japan to offer words of encouragement.

An announcement from the General Department of Taxation (GDT) reported Huy Chiv as saying it was a privilege for them to be studying in Japan, a highly developed and respected country.

“It is important to appreciate this privilege and to make best use of it to achieve our important goals of strengthening and developing our abilities and qualifications according to the wishes of the donor country and the expectations of the leaders of your ministries and institutions,” he said.

Huy Chiv said the students should be proud of having the opportunity to study in Japan, and that they should use it to learn as much as possible to help develop Cambodia's economy and society.

He also thanked the Japanese government for its continued support in providing the Kingdom with human resource development and training.

“Japan has granted many scholarships to young Cambodian civil servants to pursue their postgraduate education across a range of skills at a number of universities there.

“These scholarships are a testament to the strong relationship between Cambodia and Japan, and I am confident the students will use their education to make a positive contribution to Cambodia's future,” he said.

Chiv also called on the scholarship students to focus on successfully completing their education, fully embracing the acquiring of new learning experiences and methods, and adapting to living in Japan.

They would have to study hard, and undertake self-study and research after classes, he added.

He said a commitment to making proper use of such a privilege, with a strong will and sense of responsibility, came not only out of sense a duty for themselves, but for their family members, ministries and state institutions, and the nation as a whole.

“The main purpose of the support provided by the Japanese government and people in training and developing human resources in Cambodia is to promote and increase our capacities and qualifications.

“Everyone benefiting from this generous support will play a key role in continuing to build and develop the Cambodian economy and society as they grow further,” he said.