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Japan donates $5.7m to train senior officials

KHY SOVUTHY / Khmer Times Share:
Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn. KT/Mai Vireak

Japan has pledged $5.7 million to train government officials from Cambodia.

The deal was signed yesterday by Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Japanese ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi.

It will fund scholarships in Japan for this year and next, with $2.5 million to be spent for 2017 and $3.27 million for 2018.

Japan has been helping the government train officials for 17 years.

Since 2000, the country has donated $46 million for 368 Cambodians to study in Japan. Of those, 275 students have finished their studies and returned home.

All have been very active in developing various sectors of government and wider society in Cambodia, Mr Sokhonn said.

“Human resource development is the first priority for the Cambodian government because our strategy to develop our country is based on building knowledge and skills.”

“On behalf of the Cambodian government, I want to thank Japan,” Mr Sokhonn said.

Mr Hidehisa added: “I hope the relationship between Japan and Cambodia will become even stronger through this programme. I also hope all scholarship students will work hard to develop their homeland.”

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