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JICA continues to aid the Kingdom

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Motorists drive through a flooded road in front of the Royal Palace during heavy rains in 2012. Hong Menea

JICA continues to aid the Kingdom

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Cambodia a $30 million grant for the fourth phase of a flood protection project and canal and sewer system improvements in Phnom Penh.

The JICA programme officer Say Bora told The Post on Wednesday: “The Royal Government of Japan has signed and approved [this project which] takes three years. If there is no problem, maybe in the next two to three months, the project can proceed.”

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability director San Chey said the project implementer who uses the grant should carefully consider the quality of the construction.

“Don’t build anything that is easily broken, don’t do anything carelessly. [These types of projects] used to take many years – both constructing roads and sewers in Phnom Penh and the provinces,” said Chey.

The Phnom Penh Municipality said the project includes installation of a master sewer network of 8.2km in Tuol Kork district, installation of a master sewer network of 4.4km in Daun Penh, and construction of an underground reservoir and pumping station in the park in front of the Council for the Development of Cambodia.

Other works under the project are the installation of automatic mechanical bars to collect waste in front of the waterway at the Chaktomuk and Phsar Chas pumping stations and provision of two mobile water pump trucks to the Phnom Penh Administration.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has also provided financing to the tune of $250 million to Cambodia to implement four projects after a meeting between Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth.

ADB representative Sunniya Durrani-Jamal signed a financing agreement in Cambodia.

In an October 24 press release, the ministry said the financing for the four projects involves the following – the second phase of a High School Education Development Programme worth $53.5 million.

It will also be used for the implementation of the 2014-2018 educational strategy and prediction of 2020 educational development demand and 2015-2025 Cambodian Industrial Development Policy.

The ADB financing will also be utilised for the second phase of improvement in environmental management around the Tonle Sap involving $97.7 million.

And finally, the funds will cover the cost of the fourth phase of a development project of corridor cities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region worth $88.5 million and the second phase of a tourist infrastructure development project for inclusive growth in the Greater Mekong Sub-region that will cost $30.89 million.

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