PHNOM PENH, August 2, (Khmer Times) – The government of China donated equipment to the Cambodian Forestry Administration for combating fires and protecting forest resources, on Thursday.
Ung Sam Ath, deputy director general of the Forestry Administration, received 21 pieces of heavy machinery (worth about $80,000) which can be deployed throughout the country.
Song Xiaoguo, economics and trade advisor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, officially presented the aid donation to Ty Sokun at the Forestry Administration’s Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development.
Mr. Ty Sokun, undersecretary of state of the Ministry of Agriculture, spoke highly of the long-standing friendship and cooperation between Cambodia and China in all sectors.
“This is the third time that China has given free aid to the Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development,” Mr. Ty Sokun said.
Between 2012 and 2013, China granted nearly $400,000 to the Forestry Administration for forest reconstruction efforts in Siem Reap and Kompong Thom provinces, as well as for conservation projects along the Mekong River.