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Transport Minister denies Japan aid cut

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Transport Minister Sun Chanthol. Fresh News

Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said on Sunday that the Japanese government will not cut infrastructure financing following international criticism and calls made by former opposition members to end funding.

For months, former members of the now-dissolved CNRP have called on the Japanese government to cut off funding to Cambodia if their party was not reinstated in order to ensure a free and fair national election.

This prompted rumours that failure by the government to reinstate the party had led the Japanese government to cut off all funds to the country.

Mr Chanthol shot down the reports by saying that the Japanese government is in full support of the CPP-led government.

“I would like to state that the Japanese government is not cutting off funds for the development of infrastructure,” he said. “Japan is helping us expand National Road 5, from Prek Kdam in Kandal province, to Pursat province, and also from Serey Sophoan city in Banteay Meanchey province to Battambang province.”

Mr Chanthol added that in addition to the financing of roads, Japan is also funding the development of seaports in Sihanoukville.

“We now need to choose a company to expand the road from Pursat to Battambang, so there is no fund cut,” he said. “Regarding the seaport, Japan granted a $210 million loan as requested.”

Kazumasa Sanui, a logistics expert with the Japanese International Cooperation Association, confirmed last month that the Japanese government is funding a seaport in Sihanoukville.

“Through the project, we expect that the seaport will be converted into a more accessible one,” Mr Kazumasa said. “It will solve various problems and attract investment from big enterprises.”

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