China Provides Colossal Aid to Develop Cambodian Infrastructure – Monday, 19.10.2009 http://cambodiamirror.wordpress.com/ Posted on 20 October 2009
The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 635
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
“Phnom Penh: The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, said that the government of the People’s Republic of China decided to provide more aid and loans for infrastructure development in Cambodia during the visit of Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen to Sichuan to attend the inauguration of the 10th Western China International Economy and Trade Fair – 中国西部国际博览会.
“The Deputy Prime Minister said so during a press conference in the morning of 17 October 2009 at the Phnom Penh International Airport after the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Akkak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen, had returned from China.
“The Deputy Prime Minister stated that during the visit, the secretary of the communist party of China in the Province of Sichuan provided the Prime Minister 50 motor pumps, 30 tractors, and 30 agricultural trucks. Also, the Province of Sichuan offers scholarships for students and for civil servants to receive training there. Besides this, Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen officially negotiated with the Chinese Prime Minister, and he has achieved many results for the country including US$260 million in loans in response to a Cambodian requests to China from 2008, for 5 projects:
1- Construction of 2 roads – National Road 62 from Kompong Thom to Tbaeng Meanchey in Preah Vihear and National Road 8 from Anlong Chrey to Meun Chey in Prey Veng;
2- Construction of a irrigation system in Battambang;
3- Construction of National Road 76 from Sen Monorum to Dac Dam in Mondolkiri;
4- Creation of a flood controlling system in Kompong Trabaek district in Prey Veng; and
5- Construction of electricity supply nets around Phnom Penh for poor people.
“Among the US$260 million in loans for 5 projects, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen asked China to use the remaining US$30 million to build the second Chroy Chongva bridge [in Phnom Penh] to help reduce traffic congestion.
“Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong added that in 2009, Cambodia requested China in two phases for support of 11 projects worth US$593 million in total. In the fist phase, there are US$297 million for 5 projects:
1- Construction of a road of 179 km from Thma Koul district in Battambang to the Thai border worth US$95 million,
2- Construction of roads along the Cambodian-Thai border from Pailin to Koun Damrei worth US$73 million;
3- Improvement of National Road 6 by creating 4 roads of 40 km worth US$57 million;
4- Enlargement of the Phnom Penh Port worth US$30 million; and
5- Water resources development at the Steung Keo river in Kampot worth US$42 million.
“The second phase worth US$296 million consists of 6 projects:
1- Construction of the Takhmao Bridge and 21 km railroad worth US$42 million;
2- Construction of Road 42 of 91 km from the Thnol Toteung to Chum Kiri district in Kampot worth US$48 million;
3- Improvement of National Road 5 from Phnom Penh to Prek Kdam to have two lanes for going and two lanes for returning worth US$36 million;
4- Construction of a dam at the Pursat river worth US$60 million;
5- Construction of electricity networks in rural areas wroth US$50 million; and
6- Construction of a hydro-electric dam in the north worth US$55 million.
“Mr. Hor Namhong stressed that both in 2008 and 2009, Cambodia receives nearly US$1 billion in loans from China for infrastructure development, such as roads, bridges, and dams, which is the second sector supporting economic development and promoting livelihood of citizens [the first being agriculture]. Besides these loans, Chinese Prime Minister granted Yuan 100 million [approx. US$15 million] to Cambodia, where Yuan 50 million is grant aid, and another Yuan 50 million is loans with no interest, and Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen will use this money to help citizens suffering from floods and to restore infrastructure.
“During his visit at China, Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen met also the Sri Lankan and Vietnamese prime ministers.”
Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2075, 18-19.10.2009
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