Japan on Sunday (March 20) pledged to offer Cambodia about $428 million in aid and 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX global vaccine-sharing programme.
The pledges were part of several agreements signed by Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen during Kishidaâ€™s visit to Phnom Penh.
Japan will provide a support loan of JPY 45 billion (US$378 million) and grant aid through contribution to international organisations of JPY 6 billion (US$50 million).
Kishida also expressed support for Cambodiaâ€™s democratic process â€œsuch as holding elections in a way that reflects diverse voices from Cambodian people through projects such as the promotion of dialogueâ€, a joint statement said.
Hun Sen said he appreciated Japanâ€™s support and expressed his intention to make further efforts to embed the outcomes of their agreements into the Cambodian society, according to the statement.
Hun Sen, who has presided over a broad crackdown on the opposition, civil society and the media that began in the run-up to 2018 elections, has in the past said he planned to rule until he felt he should stop.