The French Development Agency plans to invest in a water treatment plant in Sihanoukville and will work out details with Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities in the future.
Eva Nguyen Binh, French ambassador to Cambodia, discussed the plan on Tuesday during a meeting with provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun at the Provincial Hall.
Kheang Phearum, Provincial Hall spokesman, yesterday noted that Ms Binh and Mr Chamroeun discussed several issues and clean water supply in the province was one of them.
“Ms Binh noted that AFD has cooperated with Cambodia in the past and invested in clean water supply projects in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province,” he said. “She said it now wants to invest in setting up a water treatment facility in Sihanoukville to help meet the clean water needs arising from rapid development and a growing population.”
Mr Phearum said that Ms Binh also informed Mr Chamroeun that she last visited the province two years ago and noticed how rapidly it had developed during her visits to the Preah Sihanouk Economic Zone and also Russei island and Preah Sihanouk Provincial International Airport which were developed with French assistance.
Mr Phearum said that in response, Mr Chamroeun thanked Ms Binh for visiting the province and noted that the province welcomes AFD’s plan which needs more discussion.
“We support the AFD’s initiative because it will help to develop the city,” Mr Phearum said.
He noted that at present Anco company is supplying clean water in Sihanoukville, but its ability is being stretched because of the growing population.
“Right now, Sihanoukville has 300,000 people,” Mr Phearum said. “In 2017, there were slightly more than 200,000.”
Oum Sotha, a secretary of state and Ministry of Industry and Handicraft spokesman, yesterday said that ministry welcomes all parties to invest in clean water supply.
He noted that AFD has already cooperated with the government in the clean water sector in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap province.
“In the beginning of next month, the government and AFD will inaugurate a project to expand clean water supply in Siem Reap city,” Mr Sotha added.
Chan Darong, a secretary of state and Rural Development Ministry spokesman, yesterday said that it would be good if AFD can help to invest in clean water supply in rural areas.
“Such an initiative will be good because our people need more access to clean water supply,” he noted.