More Japanese Assistance to Cambodia’s Human Resource Development

The Government of Japan has decided to extend its official development assistance (ODA) grant aid up to US$3,490,000 million to the Royal Government of Cambodia for the implementation of the “Japanese Development Scholarship Project” (13th Batch).

Notes to these effects were exchanged here by H.E. Long Visalo, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and H.E. Kuroki Masafumi, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia at the ministry this morning.

This grand aid was extended in response to a request from the Royal Government of Cambodia and with a view to promoting the socio-economic development of Cambodia, a press release from the Embassy of Japan said.

H.E. Kuroki Masafumi said this project will be for 24 new scholarship fellows to study in Japan for two years. This scholarship is awarded mainly to the young and capable government official who are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of Cambodia.

From this year, considering the importance of human resources in science and technology fields in Cambodia, this program is modified to include science and technology studies, he said.

Japan has been continuously providing this scholarship grant since 2000, said the ambassador, adding that since then 248 Cambodian fellows have participated in this program and most of them are actually working in the public administration after their return to Cambodia.

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