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In Brief: South korea funds road construction

In Brief: South korea funds road construction

The Korean government is seeking bids to pave two bypass roads through the eastern and western portions of downtown Siem Reap. The two roads, spanning 15 kilometres in total, were laid with soil three years ago through a grant aid program sponsored by the Korean International Cooperation Agency, but remain unpaved. Son Sung-il, deputy representative of the Korean International Cooperation Agency, said the entire project, including construction, equipment, and training of Cambodian officials, was estimated to cost US$4 million. Projected completion date is June 2009. The Korean government is paying for the entirety of the construction and paving costs of these roads in order to assist Cambodia to develop its infrastructure. Son said, "We'll pay for everything, but the rest is up to the Cambodians. We have ongoing training of Cambodian technicians and high-level officials, for the maintenance and support of these roads." PETER OLSZEWSKI

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