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A new multipurpose terminal has opened in a key Cambodian port that is being developed with assistance from Japan.
The opening ceremony was held at Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia on Monday. Prime Minister Hun Sen was among the participants.
The Sihanoukville port has the country's sole terminal for large container vessels. Japan has been providing aid for the port's development since the late 1990s.
The new terminal will be used for handling coal and other cargo and for docking large container ships.
Hun Sen said the port will help Cambodia to achieve further economic growth.
China replaced Japan in 2010 as the largest provider of assistance for Cambodia, helping to develop hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure.
More than 100 Chinese companies are doing business in Sihanoukville.
The Japanese government also plans to loan up to 214 million dollars for a new container terminal at Sihanoukville.
Yuichi Sugano is the head of the Cambodian office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is in charge of the project.
He said Sihanoukville is a key port that supports the country's economy and the agency will continue to help Cambodia boost its international competitiveness.