Japan’s US$134 Million Grant for Neak Loeung Bridge Construction and Human Resource Development in Cambodia

Japanese government has provided more than US$134 million in its ODA grant aid for a construction project of Neak Loeung Bridge in Cambodia and JDS scholarship programs for Cambodian students.

The Exchange Note for Japan’s ODA grant aid was signed here on June 23 by Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Nor Namhong, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Kuroki Masafumi under the high presidency of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia.

Among the amount of the ODA grant aid, approximately US$131 million is used for implementing the construction project of Neak Loeung Bridge and more than US$3 million for JDS scholarship programs for Cambodian students to continue their study in Japan.

The construction of Neak Loeung Bridge is expected to begin soon and to be completed in earlier 2015.

The project for construction of Neak Loeung Bridge will enable to make the detailed design of the proposed bridge. The Mekong River crossing point at Neak Loeung has become a bottleneck with regard to the transportation of goods and people. The construction of Neak Loeung Bridge is anticipated to resolve, not only the bottleneck on National Road No.1, but also the facilitation of transportation of goods and people among Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and, to contribute towards enhancement of southern economic corridor which would ultimately lead to the promotion of Mekong region economy.

Both Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong and Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Kuroki Masafumi strongly hoped that the two projects already signed will promote the physical capacity and the human resources development in Cambodia, mainly boosting more relationship between the two countries day by day.

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