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Monday, June 15, 2015

Attention turns to waterway transport

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The government has received a grant of $5.5 million from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to conduct a feasibility study on how the Kingdom’s waterways and ports can be better utilised for transport.
The feasibility study is looking at how to improve the movement of goods along 215 kilometres of rivers and estuaries from Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham and Kratie provinces, said Sokhom Pheakavornmony, secretary of state for Public Works and Transport, yesterday.
“We received a grant aid of $5.5 million from the Korean government through KOICA to improve waterways on Mekong River which is in line with government strategies for this mandate which is to improve linkages of waterways, roads, rail and air transportation,” he said.
“So far, there has been less activities of transportation through waterways on the Mekong River, that is why the government is focusing on improving and encouraging more transport activities through Mekong River,” he added.
Improving logistics along other waterways from Phnom Penh to Vietnam and from Bassac River to Siem Reap province have also been looked at with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Pheakavornmony added.
The waterways will ease transportation of agricultural products, especially rice, from the eastern provinces to nearby provinces as well as the port in the capital, while bringing down the cost of transport, he said.
The feasibility study will include an environmental impact review taking into account the need to prevent bank erosion from possible dredging along the Mekong River, according to a KOICA announcement last week.
David Van, senior adviser to the Cambodia Rice Federation, said yesterday that utilising Cambodia’s 3,000 kilometres of “navigable waterways” for transport was long overdue.
“When donors or private investors, local or foreign, refer to ‘infrastructure’, they all focus on building bridges, roads, railways, ports, but nobody ever, at that time, bothers to look at enhancing our waterways which Cambodia is blessed with,” he said. “In Thailand and Vietnam, all rice business transportation is done using waterways and in Cambodia, we use mainly inland transportation, trucking, which is expensive.”
Source: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/attention-turns-waterway-transport

Japan provides over $27 mln for water, human resource projects

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PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Japanese government will provide 27.48 million US dollar in grand aid to Cambodia for water and human resource projects in Cambodia, according to a press release by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Thursday.

The aid agreement will be signed on 11 May between Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Yuji Kumamaru, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia, according to the statement.

24.98 million US dollar will be used for implementation of expansion of water supply system in Kampot province, and the remaining 2.47 million US dollar will be used for human resource development scholarship.

Source: http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/japan-provides-over-27-mln-for-water-human-resource-projects-8521

France provides 41.6 mln USD to Cambodia for socio-economic development

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PHNOM PENH, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The French government on Tuesday signed up to provide 41.6 million U.S. dollars to Cambodia for socio-economic development, according to a press statement.
The agreement was inked between Cambodian Finance Minister Aun Porn Moniroth and visiting French Secretary of State for Development and Francophonie Annick Girardin.
The aid included 39 million U.S. dollars loan for rehabilitating 1,200 km of rural roads and 2.6 million U.S. dollars grant for trade promotion, tourism development and education, the statement said, adding that since 1993, France had provided 347.4 million U.S. dollars to Cambodia for socio-economic development.
"Cambodia will use this aid effectively, transparently and responsibly in order to maintain confidence among the Cambodian people and development partners," said Aun Porn Moniroth.
Girardin arrived here on Monday for a three-day visit. Earlier in the day, she held a talk with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, and both sides signed a four-year orientation and cooperation document (2015-2018) with an aim of further enhancing bilateral ties and cooperation.
She also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday afternoon.
Source: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=282894

Swedes, Swiss give $15M for local gov’t

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The governments of Sweden and Switzerland have pledged more than $15 million to the strengthening of sub-national governance in Cambodia from 2015 to 2017.
The agreement was signed yesterday morning by Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, Swedish Ambassador Anna Maj Hultgard and Swiss Ambassador Rahel Bosch.
The Swiss government will contribute around $7.8 million and the Swedish government roughly $8 million towards Cambodia’s ongoing efforts to redistribute power from the national to the local level.
Kheng, who is also the chairman of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development, said the grant will enable the program to improve capacity for Cambodia’s district and municipal authorities.
Bosch said she wanted to see democratic decentralisation reforms materialise to “to ensure the equal access to quality services”. She noted that although Cambodia has reduced its poverty rate to 19.5 per cent, many still lack access to basic health services and steady sources of income.
Source: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/swedes-swiss-give-15m-local-govt


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