The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has decided to provide approximately US$58 million in concessional loan to the Royal Government of Cambodia for a project to expand water supply capacity in Siem Reap province.

The additional concessional loan agreement was signed by H.E. Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, and Ms. Kamei Haruko, Chief Representative of JICA Cambodia Office, in a ceremony held virtually on Oct. 21.

The project aims to build a water treatment plant with a capacity of producing 600,000 cubic metres of clean water a day, which is sourced from the Tonle Sap Lake, according to the ministry’s press release, adding that the project also includes the construction of a pumping station network and water distribution pipeline system.

The ministry stated that the achievements of the project will contribute significantly to helping the Royal Government of Cambodia to achieve the National Strategic Development Plan on water supply through the support for the Siem Reap Water Supply Authority.

As a key development partner in water supply sector, the Government of Japan, through JICA, always adheres to a comprehensive development approach to strengthen and expand its long-term strategic partnership with the Royal Government of Cambodia, it underlined.

Ms. Kamei Haruko highly valued the cooperation of the Royal Government of Cambodia in implementing this important project. She added that JICA is also assisting the Siem Reap Water Supply Authority through Water and Sanitation Improvement Project to prevent COVID-19 pandemic.

H.E. Aun Pornmoniroth expressed profound thanks to the Japanese government, through JICA, for always staying with Cambodia in all circumstances, particularly during this hard time of COVID-19.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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