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Anti-smuggling watercraft launched

May Kunmakara / Khmer Times Share:

The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) last week held an inauguration ceremony in Sihanoukville for two patrol boats donated by the Japanese government.

The boats, together valued at $4.5 million, were given by the Japanese government to help Cambodian authorities crackdown on smuggling, said the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia Horinouchi Hidehisa on Friday during the ceremony, which was held at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port.

“These two patrol boats will help prevent illegal activity in Cambodian waters and will help GDCE enhance the efficiency of its operations,” said Mr Hidehisa.

GDCE director Kun Nhim said the boats will help the agency modernise and expand revenue.

“The assistance of the Japanese government, particularly the donation of these patrol boats equipped with advanced technology, will enhance our capacity to stop illegal activities in our waters,” he said.

Last year, revenue at GDCE reached $2.08 billion, an increase of more than 9 percent compared to 2017.

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