The Government of Japan has decided to extend its Official Development Assistance (ODA) worth 898 million Yen (some US$9 million) to Cambodia to implement the Programme for Integrated Mine Clearance and Landmine Victim Assistance (Phase II).
Notes of this effect were exchanged between H.E. Hor Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and H.E. Kumamaru Yuji, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia.
According to a press release, this Programme is to sustainably improve the livelihood of poor farmers who lives in the contaminated areas. This Phase II Programme is a continuation of the current Phase I, from January 2010 to July 2013, implemented by the financial support from the Government of Japan.
This Phase II Programme is to accelerate demining activities and to promote rural development around mine affected areas in 15 villages in Banan and Bavel district of Battambang province from November 2013 to 2016, it added.
The Programme includes the procurement of spare parts for repairing demining machines provided under the Phase IProgramme, a damp truck and a motor-grader for rural road construction as well as financial support for CMAC’sdemining works (around 200 staff work under the Programme).
It is estimated that approximately 4,680 ha of minefield in Battambang province will be cleared of landmines and UXOsand will be utilized for agricultural purposes.
Approximately 3,000 residents who live around the minefield will be able to enjoy their safe lives and in addition, their living conditions will be improved through the construction of 45.5 kilometers of rural road, drainage facilities and irrigation ponds as well as the training on agricultural production.
During the Phase I Programme, 3,385 ha of landmine contaminated areas in Banan and Bavel district, were cleared, 19,783 pieces of all types of mines and UXOs were collected and destroyed by CMAC, and thus more than 20,000 people in the project target sites were freed from the danger of mines and UXOs.