Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 25 - The Government of Japan has provided a total grant of US$925,630 for the development of the Japanese NGO projects based in the kingdom.

The grant signing ceremony was held on Monday at the Japanese Embassy, presided by Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Hidehisa Horinouchi, and the two grant receiving entities, namely Mrs. Yumiko Scheumann, Acting Country Director of Foundation for International Development/Relief (FIDR), and representative of Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS).

The US$237,666 grant was allocated for FIDR, whose mission is to promote pediatric in Kratie province and strengthen capacity of the staff at the health centers.

Another US$687,964 was granted to JMAS, which aims to develop mine mechanical engineering with demining machines for mine clearance. JMAS will transfer an effective and safe clearance method to the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) in order to strengthen capacity and accelerate CMAC's efforts to make the nation safer.

The financial grants from Japanese government to Cambodia began since 2002 to support Cambodia's development. Since then, Japan has provided over US$36 million for 117 projects with the focus on basic education, health, agriculture and mines clearance.