The Japanese government yesterday signed an agreement to provide about $22 million in aid to expand clean water supply in Pursat province.
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Japanese Ambassador Mikami Masahiro signed the agreement at the ministry.
After the ceremony, Mr Masahiro said that he was very happy to have signed the agreement to provide aid for a project to expand clean water supply in the province.
“Through this grant of about $22 million that was signed today, Japan will build a treatment facility to produce clean water and organise the water distribution system in Pursat city,” he noted.
Mr Masahiro said cooperation between Japan and Cambodia on water treatment projects have been successful in Phnom Penh but many areas in the provinces still lack clean water supply.
He noted that the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft has set goal of having 100 percent clean water supply throughout the Kingdom by 2025.
Mr Masahiro said that through this project he hoped that clean water supply in Pursat city will increase and there will be more such projects for other cities later.
Mr Sokhonn said after the ceremony that he was grateful for the aid from Japan to expand clean water supply in Pursat city.
“This is the second time that the Japanese ambassador and I have signed project agreements, the first being on October 3 for sewerage system projects in Phnom Penh,” he noted.
Mr Sokhonn said that the Pursat city project involves the construction of a treatment plant to supply 6,600 cubic metres of water per day and install 85.5 kilometres of pipelines to benefit 257 poor families in the province.
He thanked the Japanese government and its people for extending the grant aid for the Pursat project which helps the Kingdom to implement the national strategy of supplying clean water and promoting sanitation in rural areas from 2014 to 2025.
Khoy Rida, provincial deputy governor, yesterday hailed the Japanese government for granting the aid.