Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 4 – Over USD22 million grant aids from Japanese Government will help 257 Cambodian families in Pursat province, west of Cambodia, access to clean water, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn.

His statement was made Wednesday at the signing ceremony on the extension of Japanese Government’s grant aids of approximately USD 22 million which he co-chaired with Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Mikami Masahiro, held at the ministry.

“The aids signed today will be used to build a water supply system of 85.5 kilometers, capable of supplying 6,600 cubic meters per day to about 257 poor families in Pursat province. The construction will kick off in November 2020 to September 2022," Minister Sokhonn addressed.

The minister stressed that regarding Japanese Fiscal Year, from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, the Japanese Government has granted USD 34.5 million to Cambodia (excluding aids signed today) for the following four projects: (1) the construction of freight station in Sihanoukville Autonomous Port; (2) scholarships for human resource development; (3) providing stabilizer equipment for road repair; and (4) sewage system development in Phnom Penh.

Minister Prak Sokhonn thanked Ambassador Mikami Masahiro, the Japanese Embassy, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for their active efforts in promoting friendly relations and cooperation with Cambodia in all fields.

The Japanese Ambassador stated that this grant aid demonstrates Japan’s commitment in contributing to the betterment of the living environment in Cambodia, particularly in the field of clean water.

"Japan will always assist Cambodia," the ambassador underlined.