01-ECO011

PRESS RELEASE

Embassy of Japan

March 15, 2001

 

 

Japanese ODA News

 

Signing of Grant Contracts

for the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Projects (KUSANONE)

 

March 16, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.

at the Meeting Room of the Embassy of Japan

(Editors are invited for reporting and photo coverage)

 

 

The Government of Japan has decided to provide, through its Japanese Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Projects scheme called "KUSANONE", which means grass-roots in Japanese, a total amount of US$ 1,261,151 to the following six projects. The Grant Contracts will be signed between Mr. Eiji YAMAMOTO, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Cambodia and the representatives of each of the recipient organizations.

 

"KUSANONE" grant assistance started in Cambodia in 1992, in order to help Cambodia's reconstruction and development efforts at the grass roots level. Up to the present, including these six projects, a total amount of US$ 10,121,898 has been provided by the Government of Japan through the "KUSANONE" scheme to assist 183 international and local NGOs or local authorities' projects, especially in the education and health sectors. In Japanese Fiscal Year 2000 (April 2000~March 2001), a total amount of US$ 2,305,519 has been granted so far under "KUSANONE" scheme for 30 projects including these six projects.

 

<The outline of the KUSANONE projects>

1.& 2.  The Project to Support Weapons for Development Program in Bakan District, Pursat

Province (Part 1) (US$ 92,042) and (Part 2) (US$ 94,711)

            Recipient:                                 Provincial Rural Development Committee (PRDC),

Pursat Province

            Outline of the Project:   This project is to support the SEILA/UNDP/CARERE program of the Royal Government of Cambodia at provincial level (PRDC), in close coordination with the Weapons for Development (WfD) component of the EU project known as EU ASAC (EU Assistance on Curbing Small Arms and Light Weapons in Cambodia). This project is related to the participation of village communities in 5 communes in Bakan district, Pursat province, in a Voluntary Weapons Collection Programme (VWCP) using the mechanism of disarmament in exchange for development projects such as the construction of :

Part 1:              a health center, a three-classrooms school building, 3 water gates, a concrete bridge, pipes culverts.

Part 2: a 20km access road, a two-classrooms school building, 3 water gates, two wooden bridges, pipes culverts.

                        A Japanese expert for the Japan Center for Preventive Diplomacy (JCPD) will also be dispatched under this Project.

3.         The Project to Construct a TB Ward in the Sihanoukville City Hospital (US$ 91,200)

            Recipient:                                 Health Department of Sihanoukville City

Outline of the Project:   Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the major infectious diseases in Cambodia which claims the lives of approximately 10,000 people each year. Also the prevalence of HIV in Sihanoukville City is a concern. If one has HIV infection, he/she will develop TB easily. In order that TB will no one longer a menace to public health in Cambodia and to reduce the incidence and prevalence of TB, this project is to construct a TB ward with the supply of necessary equipment in the Sihanoukville Referral Hospital to strengthen the people's belief to the sanitary sciences, especially the TB treatment.

The Government of Japan extended in the F.Y. 2000, a Grant Aid worth of US$ 7.6 million for the construction of the National Tuberculosis Center (CENAT) aiming to extend TB control services to the whole country and provide medical services under the "National Tuberculosis Program" (NTP) of the Royal Government of Cambodia, for which Japan has already started providing project type technical cooperation.

 

4.         The Project to Construct a TB Ward in the Sre Ambel Referral Hospital in Koh Kong

Province (US$ 74,500)

            Recipient: Health Department of Koh Kong Province

Outline of the Project: For the same purpose as the third project, this project is to construct a TB ward with the supply of necessary equipment in the Sre Ambel Referral Hospital in Koh Kong province to strengthen the people's belief to the sanitary sciences, especially the TB treatment.

 

5.         The Project to Support Humanitarian Demining in Battambang Province

(US$ 580,858)

            Recipient: Japan Alliance for Humanitarian Demining Support (JAHDS)

            Outline of the Project: This Project is to support JAHDS, a Japanese NGO working in close cooperation with Mine Advisory Group (MAG) for humanitarian demining activities in Cambodia,  to provide labor cost for local and international demining staff and to purchase demining equipment such as mine detectors, protectors, visors, 2 trucks, four-wheel drive vehicles, radios, etc. to clear the land for resettlement, agriculture and community development for 62 families (or 258 people) in Tuol Teul village and 79 families (or 495 people) in Prah Puth village, both in Kam Reang district, Battambang province, who are living temporary along the road side.

 

6.         The Project to Provide Brush Cutting Machines and Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles for

Supporting Humanitarian Demining in Cambodia (US$ 327,840)

Recipient: Mine Advisory Group (MAG)

Outline of the Project: This Project is to support MAG to purchase 2 brush cutting machines (TEMPEST Mini Flail System) including their spare parts and 2 vehicles (Land Rover), to conduct demining activities in Cambodia and to organize a seminar for maintenance of all TEMPEST Mini Flail System materials.