The Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday granted about $50,000 worth of office equipment to Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall.
The handover ceremony was held at the embassy and attended by Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian and Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun.
According to the embassy, the equipment included 30 laptops, 30 desktop computers, 30 printers, 10 colour printers and five photocopy machines.
Mr Chamroeun at the ceremony expressed his gratitude to the embassy.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Wang sent his regards to people affected by the floods in Preah Sihanouk province that occurred earlier this month, when three people were killed, including a Chinese national, and nearly 2,000 families were affected.
Kheang Phearom, Provincial Hall spokesman, yesterday said the equipment granted by the Chinese embassy will help improve administrative work in the region.
“The office equipment donated by the Chinese embassy will help with administrative work at the Provincial Hall,” Mr Phearom said. “The donation also fosters a good relationship between both countries.”
“In the past, we have seen the Chinese government and Chinese investors provide aid grants to the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration and to our people,” he added. “So it is not strange that we have a good relationship and cooperation with each other.”
The ceremony yesterday marked the second official meeting between Mr Chamroeun and Mr Wang at the embassy.
In their first meeting last month, Mr Chamroeun and Mr Wang discussed public safety amid rising Chinese investments in the construction sector in the region.
Mr Chamroeun at the time also requested that China open a local consulate and a branch office of the Cambodia-China Journalist Association in a bid to improve administrative procedures and ensure safety.
At the time, Mr Wang agreed to the governor’s request, but no concrete plans have been set.
Mr Wang also responded at the time that the embassy will address safety concerns in the province through the dissemination of information on construction materials and technical issues to investors.