Kingdom of Cambodia
JICS Staff to Receive Medals
Kingdom of Cambodia, Peacebuilding and Comprehensive Small Arms Management Programme (2004)
Staff members receiving medals
Handover ceremony: ribbon cutting by Takeuchi Project Manager
Police station handed over
Well handed over
Small arms prevalent throughout Cambodia due to an over 30-year long civil war still threaten the lives of citizens. On April 21, 2003, JICS created JSAC (Japanese Small Arms Control support team) and together with the Ministry of Interior in Cambodia were engaged in the implementation of the Peacebuilding and Comprehensive Small Arms Management Programme initiated by the Government of Japan.
On February 25, 2008, the handover ceremony of the facilities, equipment and machinery constructed and procured under the program was held in Kompong Thom province.
In this ceremony, two school buildings and 54 wells were handed over from JSAC to the governor of the province, and three police stations and one storage unit for small arms were offered to the police chief in Kompong Thom province.
At this ceremony, the provincial governor awarded medals to JSAC staff.
The medals are called "Monisaraphon" and honor those who made a contribution in the fields of research, literature, science, fine arts and social welfare. Of all Monisaraphon medals, "Moha Sena" (Grand Officer) certified by the king were awarded to two staff members including the Program Manager, Mr. Takeuchi, "Thapadan" (Commander) certified by the premier were awarded to five members, and "Sena" (Officer) also certified by the premier were awarded to two staff members.
This honor showed acknowledgment of their tireless effort from the Cambodian government, which greatly supported the JSAC staff members.
Program Manager, Mr. Takeuchi, who was leading the program, reflects JSAC's engagement as follows:
"JSAC was working to establish a society where arms are unnecessary, and we believe that it has worked. Many people including the deputy premier participated in the destruction ceremony of small arms, and newspaper and the media prominently featured the ceremony. We consider that we could make an impact on promoting the peaceful culture in Cambodia."
In Japan, peace can be taken for granted, but in order to maintain the peace, the effort in society as a whole is required. JICS will utilize the activities and experiences engaged in Cambodia through JSAC to other peace-building assistance in different regions.
Basic Information of This Project
|Project Name||Kingdom of Cambodia, Peacebuilding and Comprehensive Small Arms Management Programme (2004)|
|Date of Agreement between Governments||January 18, 2005|
|Grant Aid Amount||466 million yen|
|Contract of Procurement Management||Agreement of the procurement management contract (Agent Agreement) with the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Cambodia on February 9, 2005|
|Outline of the Project||Numerous small arms that spread throughout the country during Cambodia's long civil war threaten public safety and disturb construction of the peaceful and stable society. International society has implemented the comprehensive process toward peace-building, and the Japanese government commenced the Peacebuilding and Comprehensive Small Arms Management Programme in April, 2003. At present, the program has been undertaking phase II.|
|JICS's Role||JICS created JSAC (Japanese Small Arms Control support team) in charge of the program implementation, dispatched the mission to manage and assist the activities.|
|Procurement Items||Not only procurement of machinery and equipment, but also the procurement of machinery and equipment necessary in constructing elementary schools, police stations, and other facilities in the course of the program implementation and services. Also, JICS conducts the management and assistance of the publicity and media activities to raise public awareness.|
|Period of the Project||<Phase 1> April 2003 - September 2005
<Phase 2> September 2005 - March 2009 （scheduled）