China grants $2.5 million for demining operations

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The Chinese government has granted more than $2 million in assistance to support demining operations in the Kingdom.

Heng Ratana, director-general of Cambodian Mine Action Centre, yesterday said the Chinese government agreed to grant $2.5 million to support mine clearance next year.

Mr Ratana said that the grant is to support the CMAC’s clearing of landmines and remnants of war through the project “China-Aided Cambodia Landmines eliminations project”, which covers a year project.

He said CMAC will deploy about 300 demining experts to operational areas in Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, and Stung Treng provinces to work with contingents in Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Kampong Chhnang provinces.

“This projects aims to achieve clearing 17 square kilometres of landmines, and ERW contaminated areas,” Mr Ratana said.

Chinese embassy officials in Phnom Penh did not respond to email for comment yesterday.

The Kingdom is aiming to become mine-free by 2025.

Meanwhile, a private Chinese construction company has agreed to provide $2 million to build a new training institute for the Transport Ministry in order to improve the capacity of its officials.

Ministry spokesman Varsim Sorya declined to identify the company.

“It is funded by Chinese private construction company,” he said. “This training institute will provide various skills to our officials.”

“It is very important to train our officials, especially new officials

Kong Vimean, cabinet chief at the ministry, said construction will begin next year.

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