Japan lends over 300 mln USD to Cambodia for Sihanoukville deep-sea port expansion
Japan on Saturday signed up to provide a loan of 306 million U.S. dollars to Cambodia for the expansion of a new container terminal at the Sihanoukville Port, according to a press release from the Cambodian foreign ministry.
Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his visiting Japanese counterpart Hayashi Yoshimasa exchanged notes and related documents on the extension of the loan under the presence of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
The loan agreement for the project was signed between Cambodia’s Economy and Finance Ministry Secretary of State Hem Vanndy and Kamei Haruko, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Cambodia office, according to the note.
“This loan will substantially contribute to the expansion and modernization of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port and the transformation of the port into a principal deep-sea port for Cambodia and in the region in line with the commitment made by the prime ministers of the two countries earlier this year,” Cambodian foreign ministry’s spokesman Chum Sounry said in the press release.
Located in the southwestern province of Preah Sihanouk, the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port is the sole international and commercial deep-sea port of Cambodia.
The listed seaport made a gross revenue of 93.2 million dollars in 2021, up 17.6 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
The port handled 6.9 million tons of containerized cargos last year, up 6 percent year-on-year, the ministry added.