Japan Mine Action Service on Wednesday signed an agreement with Cambodian Mine Action Center to provide nearly $130,000 to assist landmine victims in two provinces.
Heng Ratana, CMAC director-general, yesterday said that JMAS will provide $129,080 over a one-year period from April to March next year for the “safety village construction” project.
He said the project will cover areas in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district and Battambang province’s Banan district and is supported by Komatsu Co Ltd.
“This project involves building roads and ponds for affected communities in areas which have been demined,” Mr Ratana added.
He noted that Komatsu Co has already built nine primary schools, 52 large water ponds and some rural roads.
“Since 2008, Japan has helped to build safety villages at a cost of nearly $1 million in Battambang province’s Bavel, Rotanak Mondul and Banan districts and Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district,” Mr Ratana said.
He said that in addition to building the villages, Japan has also supported CMAC by providing $18 million for demining work over a period of three years up to this year.
The assistance is for partner organisations to clear mines in Kampong Thom and Banteay Meanchey provinces at a cost of $4 to $5 million per year.
Suenaga Noriyoshi, JMAS representative in Cambodia, couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday.