The Government of Japan has agreed to provide US$574,230 in total to support three projects in Cambodia, under the framework, the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (“KUSANONE” Grant).
The grant contracts were signed separately today between Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Mikami Masahiro, and representatives of the recipient institutions.
According to a press release of the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh, some US$217,845 of the total fund will be used to construct Koun Damrei irrigation facility in Stung Trang commune, Sala Krao district, Pailin province; US$169,720 to strengthen cashew nut value chain in Kampong Thom province; and the rest US$186,665 for road improvement in Romduol district, Svay Rieng province.
The assistance is based on the commitment of co-chair’s statement of 13th Mekong-Japan foreign minister’s meeting on 9 July, 2020 which says “Implementing approximately US$91 million worth Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project in FY 2020 as KUSANONE Mekong SDGs initiative, aimed at supporting the social and economic development of local communities and villages across the Mekong region”.
Japan’s “KUSANONE” Projects started in Cambodia in 1991 in order to support Cambodia’s reconstruction and development at the grassroots level. The assistance aims to protect those who are vulnerable due to various factors such as poverty and/or misfortunes that directly threaten their lives, livelihood, and dignity, as well as to promote self-reliance of local communities.
Since 1991, the Government of Japan has provided over US$64 million for mainly local authorities and non-governmental organisations to implement 650 KUSANONE projects throughout Cambodia.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press