Since the Paris Peace Agreement in 1991, Cambodia has accomplished peace building and rehabilitation successfully, and experienced rapid economic and social development in many areas. First of all, I would like to congratulate the people of Cambodia on these remarkable achievements.
JICA reopened its representative office in Cambodia in 1993. Since then, we have been working together with the people of Cambodia to realize economic growth and poverty reduction.
In the early stage, Japanese assistance mainly focused on rehabilitation and reconstruction of essential infrastructure to secure people's lives, including hospitals, schools, national roads, bridges, irrigation and water supply facilities. In conjunction with this assistance, JICA has conducted Technical Cooperation for human resources development. Recently, due to the funding needs for large scale infrastructure development, ODA Loans with the concessional terms and conditions have been provided.
For the last 20 years, JICA has strongly committed itself to providing assistance which truly benefits the people of Cambodia over a long term. One of the results of this effort is the fact that Cambodia has taken a leadership position in some areas where JICA has been supporting for a long time, such as demining and water supply. Cambodia has even started providing assistance to other developing countries in these areas.
To cope with Cambodia's rapid change in its economy and society, as well as the remaining challenges brought about by recent history, Japan has set its Cooperation Strategy (2012-2015) in alignment with the development strategies of the Royal Government of Cambodia, and determined to focus on the major priority areas: Strengthening of Economic Bases, Promotion of Social Development and Strengthening of Governance.
Mobilizing all of JICA's assistance schemes and resources, we have been devoting our efforts to realize human security through economic growth and poverty reduction in Cambodia. We will continue to work together with the people of Cambodia and other development partners.
JICA Cambodia Office