Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology Seeks Assistance from India for Weather Forecasting

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology in Cambodia has requested weather satellite imagery from the government of India. This request comes as a result of the ministry’s need for more accurate and effective weather forecasting, particularly to anticipate flooding during the rainy season. In addition to satellite imagery, the ministry has also asked for assistance in training more human resources in the use of weather forecasting technology.

During a meeting between Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Thor Chetha and Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Dr. Devyani Khobragade, Chetha expressed gratitude for India’s ongoing support, both material and financial. He acknowledged India’s practical cooperation in developing water resources in Cambodia.

Chetha proposed a new project to install a solar water pumping station and conduct a groundwater study for Chbar Mon city in Samraong Tong district of Kampong Speu province, as well as for the neighboring districts of Phnom Sruoch to the southwest and Oudong to the northeast. Alongside these requests, he also asked for India’s assistance in providing weather satellite imagery to enhance the ministry’s weather forecasting capacity and support the education of human resources in Cambodia.

Ambassador Khobragade responded by emphasizing the excellent and long-standing cooperation between the governments of Cambodia and India. She highlighted India’s fruitful collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, resulting in high-quality outcomes and increased productivity.

Both delegations reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening positive relations and continuing cooperation for the development of water resources. Kin Phea, Director-General of the International Relations Institute of Cambodia, praised the strong and stable relationship between Cambodia and India, which has endured despite significant political changes in Cambodia over the years.

Since 2004, India has been assisting Cambodia through various projects, including the “Pump Purchase Project,” the Stung Tasal Dam Project, the Siem Reap River Basin Master Development Plan, and the Groundwater Study Project. India has also supported initiatives in technology, agriculture, health, sanitation, women’s rights, child welfare, rural development, social infrastructure, and the environment in Cambodia.

India’s contributions to Cambodia extend beyond development projects, as they have also played a significant role in peace-building, human resource improvement, and cultural preservation. India’s continued support for the restoration of ancient archaeological sites and demining programs further demonstrates their commitment to the country’s progress and development.