Japan Pledges $32 Million for Buses, Mine Clearance

Japan and Cambodia will sign an agreement this afternoon for $32 million in aid to go toward mine clearing and public buses for Phnom Penh, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Monday.

The Japanese government has pledged about $18 million toward the third phase of a program for mine clearance and assistance for landmine victims, a project that began in 2010, the ministry said in a statement.

A man steps off a city bus on the riverside in Phnom Penh last year. (Olivia Harlow)
A man steps off a city bus on the riverside in Phnom Penh last year. (Olivia Harlow)

It has also pledged just under $14 million toward increasing the capacity of the public bus system in the capital, the statement said.

Long Visalo, the acting minister of foreign affairs, and Yuji Kumamaru, Japan’s ambassador to Cambodia, are to sign the agreement at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Japan’s foreign aid arm has proposed a 2035 master plan for urban transport in the capital that would cost $4.56 billion to implement, including proposals for four commuter train lines and seven new bus lines.

Phnom Penh’s first three public bus lines lost $1 million during a one-year pilot program through October, but have since become a permanent fixture in the city.

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