The People's Republic of China has committed US$13.2 million for the China-Aided Cambodia Landmine Elimination Project Phase III (CCL-III) 2023-2025.
The commitment was highlighted in a press release issued by Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) on Mar. 7.
The additional financial assistance from PRC followed remarkable outcomes of the China-Aided Cambodia Landmines Elimination Project phases I and II (CCL-I-II) from 2018 to 2022 that freed 74,922,784 square metres of land in Cambodia from mines, added the release.
Of the cleared land, 2,916,419 square metres have been used for agricultural activities and 54,564,739 square metres were allocated for the construction of schools, hospitals, pagodas, bridges, roads, and other infrastructures.
After all, the CCL-I-II worth about US$10 million have contributed to community development and bettered livelihood of 674,618 people in the provinces, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kampong Chhnang, Svay Rieng, Oddar Meanchey, and Kratie.
Building on the first two phases, the CCL-III affective from March 2023 will free more land in Cambodia from mines, contributing significantly to the country's commitment to achieve land-mine free status by 2025.
Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse