China signs pacts on aid for transport, mines and education

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One agreement seals a $2.5 million mine clearance project. Supplied

Cambodia and China yesterday signed three agreements on mine clearing, a transportation master plan and renovation of the Royal Palace building in Siem Reap province.

The signings came amid the launch of a big finance project to improve education in Cambodia.

Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth and visiting Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce Gao Yan oversaw the signing of the agreements in Phnom Penh.

One of the agreements is for $2.5 million to clear unexploded ordnance in Cambodia to be implemented by the Cambodia Mine Action Centre.

The second agreement is for Chinese experts to conduct studies for preparation of the master plan on Cambodia’s transport system.

The third agreement is about renovating the Royal Palace building in Siem Reap province. The Chinese side will work with the Apsara Authority and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for the renovations.

Both sides also officially launched a finance program funded by China to improve school buildings and supply education materials.

Under the project, 26 school buildings and three teacher training centres will be built.

Ms Gao met Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday on the last day of a two-day visit.

“The trip to Cambodia is to strengthen and expand cooperation between Cambodia and China in improving the transportation sector and relationship of trade, particularly the linking between people to people and strategic policy of the two countries,” Eang Sophallet, Mr Hun Sen’s assistant, quoted Ms Gao as saying,

Mr Hun Sen said with new assistance from China, more developments would be made in terms of infrastructure, agriculture and trade.

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