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Japan Commits to Assisting Cambodia in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

by Surya Narayan
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The Embassy of Japan in Cambodia (EoJ), in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), has embarked on a mission to support various sectors in Cambodia. This multifaceted partnership aims to bolster the Kingdom’s development across several key areas, including education, technology, human resource development, navigation skills, curriculum modernization, and the expansion of trainers to facilitate the country’s sustainable growth.

On Tuesday, Pranghang Sereirith, Acting Director General of the Techo Sen Institute of MPWT, presided over a meeting with a Japanese delegation led by Hiroyuki Tokito, Second Secretary of EoJ in Cambodia. The gathering brought together leaders from various institutions, government officials, JICA representatives, and senior officials from MPWT to explore ways of advancing development in Cambodia.

During the discussions, Sereirith emphasized the importance of enhancing Cambodia’s education system, technology infrastructure, human capital development, navigation skills, curriculum modernization, and the creation of more trainers to support the Kingdom’s sustainable development efforts.

In a positive response to Sereirith’s proposals, Tokito expressed the Japanese delegation’s willingness to explore opportunities for supporting and strengthening cooperation across various sectors. The Japanese government is considering offering technical assistance and financial support to contribute to Cambodia’s development goals.

Furthermore, Koy Sodany, Standing Secretary of State of MPWT, recently organized a workshop with a delegation from JICA, led by Miyahara Ai, Senior Representative of JICA in Cambodia. The objective of this workshop was to establish a comprehensive masterplan for technical assistance in the transport infrastructure sector within Cambodia.

The joint statement issued on January 8 highlighted the discussions surrounding the development of a transport infrastructure master plan aimed at providing technical assistance for key projects. These projects encompass the infrastructure master plan, urban rail network master plan, public transportation master plan, and initiatives to enhance traffic safety and reduce road accidents throughout the Kingdom.

The infrastructure and industrial division of JICA Cambodia revealed that MPWT and JICA held discussions to exchange ideas regarding their next technical cooperation project for urban transport in Phnom Penh, scheduled to take place in the middle of this year.

Both Cambodia and Japan are committed to updating the urban transport masterplan in collaboration with Phnom Penh Capital Administration (PPCA), MPWT, and related ministries. The objective is to create a sustainable urban environment in the city.

In line with “The Project for Comprehensive Urban Transport Plan in Phnom Penh Capital City’s” report, the goals include formulating a comprehensive urban transport plan for PPCA, with a target year of 2035, and conducting a pre-feasibility study on priority projects. Additionally, recommendations have been made to enhance and improve the implementation capacity of urban transport-related agencies, ensuring the study results are effectively realized in the development of Phnom Penh’s urban transport plans.

Source: Khmer Times

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