The Ministry of Social Affairs signed an agreement on Wednesday with a Japanese NGO to provide free bicycles to villagers in poor communities.
Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth signed the agreement with NGO KOKUSAI, which operates the Bicycle Providing Foundation.
“The agreement will help poor people in rural areas access bicycles,” Mr Sauth said. “Cycling is a main way for poor people and students to travel.”
Keiichi Ozawa, president of the foundation, said he was pleased to aid Cambodians.
“It is a pleasure for Japan, not only providing bicycles, but also other materials to support Cambodia,” he said.
After the deal was signed, Mr Soth and NGO representatives delivered 400 bicycles to a poor community in Phnom Penh’s Prek Pnov district.
Keo Sok Pisey, a Phnom Penh deputy governor, said the bicycles are very helpful.
“It is a significant gift for poor students who have no transportation to school,” she said.